I also find that sometimes students (or math clubs) are interested in this type of thing just for fun!
There are just so many uses for a good article that feels relevant to teens. Just have them read and summarize for a quick no-prep assignment.
Choose a few that are appropriate for your students - I've included a few notes about what level each article is, so you do not have to browse through every one.
The Math Equations that Determine the Fate of Refugees
Gaussian Curves - Applications in Pizza, Corrugated Metal, Grass, Eggs, & More
Winning Strategy for "Rock, Paper, Scissors" (video)
Why Roller Coaster Loops are not Perfect Circles
Why You Are Not "Bad at Math"
The Math Principles Behind Juggling
The Story of Yitang Zhang & His Work on an "Unsolvable" Math Problem
Why Are Raindrops Mathematically Impossible? (video)
We are Born with Math & Number Instincts
The Math Behind Computer Color Glitches (video)
Card Shuffling Strategies
Pascal's Triangle - The Beauty & Secrets of Mathematics (video)
A Playable Polygon "Parable"
I hope your students enjoy these! I have so much fun collecting links like this, and am always looking for more. Feel free to share additional articles that you have found in the comments, so we can keep our collection growing!
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