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KS3 Science & Maths - Breaking News!: Alien Baseover

Information to help you create a science and maths news flash, mini-documentary or advert (year 8) - compiled by your Librarians.

Alien Baseover


Stimulus questions

What are binary numbers?

What are hexadecimal numbers?

Express different numbers in binary and hexadecimal, and show how you did it!

Our common counting system, decimals, repeats every 10 digits and so it is labelled as being base 10.

Digits of π base 10

The babylonians counted in base 60.

Base 12 is widely considered to be our 'natural' number system.

  • What would happen if we were invaded by aliens who count in a different base?

  • Base 2? Base 7? Base 16? Base 60? Base e?


Books in the Senior Library

Binary Counter

(Source of video: youtube)


Binary and hexadecimal convertor

(Source of video: youtube)

Maths is fun

This website explains Mathemathics in easy language, plus puzzles, games, quizzes, worksheets and a forum.


Find more information...

Have a go at finding some more information using the search engines in the boxes below.  Sweet Search and ipl2 both look for useful information for students on the internet. 

Here are some ideas of keywords to search for:

Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia - Number system

Number system

Click on the links below to read about the different number systems.

Sweet Search - a search engine for students

Try to find out more using Sweet Search, a search engine designed to help students find reliable information.