Have you already experienced that science and mathematics are involved in many occupations? If so, you can find material on this site to extend your experience even more. If not, you can use this site to gain a completely new insight into science and mathematics and their applications. The tasks and competitions you can check out below are all connected to the world of work and formulated openly. That means you will need to use inquiry-based learning to find your solutions to them. In contrast to most tasks you probably do in class, the ones here do not have just one exact right or wrong answer or way to find it.

If you are new to inquiry-based learning, have a look at this example.

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The picture on the left could inspire you to pose questions like:Hairdresser solution

1) How much does a hairdresser have to charge for washing hair, so that they make a decent profit?

2) If a hairdresser adds up the time they need for washing hair in one year, how long would that be?

3) How much water does a hairdresser need in one day for washing hair?

You can find an exemplary solution to the question “How much does a hairdresser have to charge for washing hair, so that they make a decent profit?” on the right.

The inqiry circle (on the right below the solution) can help you deal with inquiry-based tasks.

 Why should you work inquiry-based? When doing inquiry-based tasks, you work like a scientist and doing so helps you acquire skills and competences you will need for your future professional and personal lives as active citizens.

If you are interested in inquiry-basedinquiry circle tasks with connection to the world of work, you can find a task repository here.  

If you are interested in competitions with inquiry-based tasks and /or tasks with connection to the world of work, click on the following links. 

Monthly Bulgarian competition

German competition consisting of five tasks

Photo: Frank C. Müller

The picture on the left could inspire you to pose questions like:

1) How much does a hairdresser have to charge for washing hair, so that they make a decent profit?

2) If a hairdresser adds up the time they need for washing hair in one year, how long would that be?

3) How much water does a hairdresser need in one day for washing hair?