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The Straw That Broke the Gator’s Back

October 12, 2017 4:00 pm

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Hey, is that a real live monster-sized alligator? Read on to find out – and see how math, art, and nature come together!

Flashing Those Lego Feathers

October 10, 2017 4:00 pm

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If you’ve ever played with Legos, you know how fun it is to make creations with them. Well, Sean Kenney, an artist and “LEGO Certified Professional” has taken brick building to a new level – he creates life-like statues of animals using thousands of Legos! Read on to do the math on his brick collection – and see how real his wild creature creations look.

Putting the Boom in Boomerang

October 6, 2017 4:00 pm

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When you throw a ball or Frisbee, it usually only comes back to you if you’re playing catch with somebody (or fetch with your dog). But a boomerang is different and will return to you on its own! Read on to find out how it works, and go flying with the boomerang math.

Potato Chips That Rock ‘n Roll

October 2, 2017 4:00 pm

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We always love a good mathy excuse to play with our food – and this one is really cool! One of our favorite online experimenters, Crazy Russian Hacker, shows us how to stack Pringles potato chips in such a way that they make a circle. Read on to do the math on stacking and snacking.

Eye-Popping Puzzling Paper-Play

September 29, 2017 4:00 pm

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We’re loving the site Papermatrix, where super-talented people show us how to weave strips of colored paper into wild-patterned boxes, balls, and other shapes. And these cool crafts have a ton of math in them. Read on to get crafty with the math!

Play That Carrot!

September 28, 2017 4:00 pm

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If you don’t love every vegetable out there, this guy might change your mind. Junji Koyama’s figured out how to turn veggies into musical instruments! Read on to veg out with the musical, munchable math.

Tic-Tac-Toe with a Twist

September 27, 2017 4:00 pm

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Tic-tac-toe is a fun game you can play almost anywhere. And if you ever get bored of it, you can put a mini tic-tac-toe board in each square of a giant tic-tac-toe board to create more excitement! Read on to find out how to play this twist on a favorite game – and see just how far beyond three-in-a-row tic-tac-toe can go.

Crazy Circle

September 26, 2017 4:00 pm

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An optical illusion is a picture that looks different from what is really happening on paper. Pictures where straight lines look bent, or where totally still shapes look like they’re moving, are playing tricks on you. There are lots of optical illusions, but this circle illusion is one of our favorites. Read on to see why – and roll with the math in optical illusions!

Facing the Soccer Ball

September 24, 2017 4:00 pm

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Soccer balls are fun to kick around and do cool tricks with. There’s lots of math in soccer balls, too, like the different shapes on them. Read on to find out more about this sphere full of number surprises – and have a ball with the math!

Crayon Parade

September 23, 2017 4:00 pm

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We’re loving this map of Crayola crayon colors, showing how Crayola has added more and more shades over the years. Back when the company started, there were just 8 crayon shades. Since then, the number of colors has grown a lot, making the coloring (and math!) more fun.