When people want to collect money for a good cause, like inventing new medicines, there are lots of ways to do it, and the ALS Foundation has a really fun one: the Ice Bucket Challenge. And some people decide to go really big when they do it. Click “Read More” to find out how big one Illinois family went and chill out with some math!
We humans love to build sandcastles, but we aren’t the only ones. Click “Read More” to see what other animals enjoy a good sandcastle, and do some underwater math!
When we think of robots, we think of a kid-sized chunk of metal that beeps and blinks, like R2D2 in Star Wars. But robots come in all shapes and sizes — including this batch of 1,024 mini-robots. Click “Read More” to find out what these small but mighty robots can do, and do the math!
Sometimes you hear grown-ups say, “I wish there were more hours in the day,” because they can’t finish everything they have to get done before bedtime. Well, just tell them to move to the planet Venus, where the days are really, really long. Click “Read More” to find out just how long a day on Venus is in Earth time – and do the space time math!
We love learning new words here at Bedtime Math, and we just discovered a great one, “porcupette:” If you want to learn what this means, too, click “Read More” and do the porcupette math!
A flower is beautiful on its own, but when you put it with thousands of other flowers to make a picture, they become even more beautiful. That’s exactly what over 100 people did this week in Belgium. Click “Read More” and do the sweet-smelling math!
Our 8-legged friend the octopus is an animal that’s been around for nearly 300 million years. Maybe that’s why it’s become pretty smart for a slimy sea creature. Click “Read More” to find out multi-talented leggy creature, and do the octopus math!
When you mail a letter, you tell the post office where it’s going by writing the address: the street name and (building) number, the city, and the state. But big cities handling mail for lots of people have to split it into smaller batches, using ZIP codes. Some people are even important enough to have their very own zip code! Click “Read More” to do the zippy math.
When a car zooms down the street too fast, that driver had better hope no police are watching, or they’ll give him a speeding ticket: a fine that speeders have to pay as punishment. But what happens to the money from the ticket? Click “Read More” to find out one guy’s idea of how to get people to drive better – and do the speedy math!
Recently, a fisherman in China caught a 16-foot long whale shark in his fishing net, weighing more than 2 tonnes. It was so huge that he had to drape it over a truck to drive it to the fish market! Click “Read More” to get the numbers behind sharks, and do the math.