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Atara Shriki

Some twenty years ago, when I was a university student, one of my lecturers presented a problem that he called Treasure Island. At first glance, the problem appeared to be unsolvable. After students made some futile attempts, the lecturer presented the surprising solution, without providing any explanation or even a hint. I spent the rest of the lecture thinking about the problem and trying to discover a solution.

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Atara Shriki and Dorit Patkin

Success in STEM fields depends largely on robust spatial skills, in particular on the ability to perform a mental rotation. Given that this ability can be nurtured, this article includes examples of diverse relevant tasks appropriate for grades 6–8 students.