‘History’

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Cross-Country Choo-Choo

June 17, 2016 4:00 pm

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Today we can travel across the country really fast by taking an airplane. But airplanes weren’t always around, which is why it was a big deal when the Transcontinental Railroad tracks were connected and people could get across the country more quickly than riding a horse or going around it by boat. Read on to take a trip with the math in this terrific train ride!

Stacking Those Stars

June 14, 2016 4:00 pm

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The American flag didn’t always look the way it does now. The number of stars and stripes have changed as the country has changed. Read on to do the starry, stripey math on the star-spangled banner.

Wall-to-Wall Wows

June 8, 2016 4:00 pm

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Bedtime Math fan Scout B. asked us, how long is the Great Wall of China? Read on to find out the answer, and build your way up to the Great Wall math!

Another Reason to Eat Ice Cream

June 7, 2016 4:00 pm

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National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is a terrific holiday! But how was chocolate ice cream invented? Read on to see, and cool down with some delicious, chocolatey ice cream math.

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

June 4, 2016 4:00 pm

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Back in the old days before mattresses were made with foam and Slinky-like springs, making your bed was a lot harder work than it is today. Read on to find out why – and spring to the math in beds!

Heads or Tails?

June 1, 2016 4:00 pm

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To decide things, lots of times we flip a coin. There’s even a Flip a Coin Day that celebrates this! Read on to see how long this decision-making method has been around – and flip over the math in coin flipping.

A Great Day to Be Square

April 4, 2016 4:00 pm

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Usually “square” means you’re “not cool,” but in math, squares do very cool things. And it’s even more fun when you can play with the date to make cool square math problems! Read on to find out what squares do – and what dates get to be square.

Egg Hunt

March 27, 2016 3:59 pm

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We’ve included an extra math problem about Easter, for those who celebrate or would like to learn more about the day. Read on to find out about the history of the Easter egg, and do the math on how quickly the candy can really add up!

A Great Place for Cherry Pie

March 26, 2016 4:00 pm

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Spring is when leaves and flowers come into bloom. Some of the most famous flowers are those on the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. With over 3,000 trees, there’s plenty of math budding there! Read on to do the “tree-rific” math in these beautiful blossoms.

No Job Too Big for Ben

February 19, 2016 4:00 pm

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When you think about what you want to be when you grow up, you might say an inventor, or a musician, or a firefighter, or governor of your state. But why choose just one? Read on to find out about a guy who did lots of different jobs – and do the math to see how he made each one count!