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So You Wanna Be An…Expert Animator

November 7, 2014 8:00 am


When we watch our favorite animated movies, we’re usually too busy laughing to think about how the movie was made. But animation takes an enormous amount of work, and some serious math skills too. Andy Hendrickson is the Chief Technical Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, which means he works to create the wonderful worlds we enjoy on the big screen. Andy sat down to tell us about all the fun he had building Sanfransokyo, the setting of Disney’s new movie Big Hero 6.

So You Wanna Be A…Balloon Sculptor!

October 31, 2014 8:00 am


You’ve probably seen a balloon sculptures before where 1 or 2 balloons are twisted into the shape of a dog or a hat. But have you ever seen a balloon gorilla that’s as big as the real thing? Ryan Freeman makes incredible balloon sculptures of that scale – and larger! He was nice enough to talk with us about the math behind inflatable art.

Best of Bedtime Math: Let’s Go LEGO

October 22, 2014 8:00 am


LEGO and math fun fit together like LEGO pieces and…other LEGO pieces. So it’s not surprising that we’ve found tons (literally, tons) of brilliant LEGO creations worth writing home about. Read some of our best LEGO-themed Bedtime Math problems!

So You Wanna Be A…Professional Clown

October 17, 2014 8:00 am


Being a clown might look easy, but making people laugh isn’t always so simple. And it’s one of the most important jobs out there, so we were lucky to speak with Adam Gertascov, who’s been running his own clown company for years, and using plenty of math along the way!

So You Wanna Be A…Trapeze Artist

October 3, 2014 8:00 am


If you’ve ever gone to a circus, you probably know that you don’t need an airplane or hot-air balloon to soar through the air. Trapeze artists fly and flip and do all sorts of other tricks, using only a swinging cable, a dependable partner, and some math skills. Liz Osting performs in a trapeze troupe and she shared some of her mid-air math with us!

Ringmaster-ed Math Games

October 1, 2014 9:49 am


Good things come in 3s: magic wishes, blind mice, and of course, the rings inside a giant circus tent. Well, here’s one more item to add to the list of terrific triplets: our new set of circus math games. So pop on your top-hat and get ready to crack the whip in case a lion gets out of line, because it’s time to enjoy some Ringmaster-ed Math.

Best of Bedtime Math: Like a Broken Record

September 25, 2014 8:00 am


Breaking things will normally get you in trouble, but world records are made to be smashed. Figuring out how to set a world record takes some creative (and sometimes ridiculous) math, which is why we’ve written so many Bedtime Math problems about these stunts of super-sized scale and skill. And there’s even a Bedtime Math problem about how to land yourself in the record book.

A Glimpse into the Food-ture

September 12, 2014 8:00 am


We know that it can be hard to commit to doing something every day, no matter how much you love it. That doesn’t mean you should miss out on our favorite Bedtime Math problems! So we’re pleased to bring you another monthly round-up of some of our favorite Bedtime Math problems! Here are 5 Fun Math Problems from the Menu of Tomorrow!

You Wanna Be An…Avian Caretaker

September 5, 2014 8:00 am


When people say that a building has “gone to the birds,” they mean that it looks like it’s been taken over by animals. Well, aviaries are built to go to the birds, and they still seem like great places to live. That’s because of the hard work of people like Anthony Alfonso, a Farm-Aid at the Turtle Back Zoo’s aviary. Anthony takes care of small budgerigars, also known as budgies or parakeets, and that’s something worth squawking about!

So You Wanna Be An…Ice Cream Shop Owner!

August 22, 2014 8:00 am


Maybe it’s the heat talking, but we think Lucy Gojich does one of the most important things in the world: makes and sells ice cream. She was kind enough to show us how math is sprinkled throughout her ice cream shop 24/7, from Monday to Sundae.