‘Science and Nature’

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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.

How Does Water Get to Your House?

October 4, 2017 4:00 pm

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How much water does a water tower hold, and why are water towers so high off the ground? Read on to find out the answers to these great questions, and discover how much water and math are gushing out of this everyday structure!

Prairie Dog Party

September 30, 2017 4:00 pm

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Prairie dogs aren’t only cute animals that apparently like to munch on carrots. They’re also awesome underground architects, building tunnels and “towns” that are miles long! Read on to learn more about these furry friends – and dig up the numbers behind prairie dogs.

How to Jump out of the Zoo

September 25, 2017 4:00 pm

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Running a zoo is a lot of work: feeding all the animals, scooping their poop, and keeping critters from chasing (and eating) each other. For that last one, building the zoo is an even bigger project. Read on to jump through the math in creating a zoo!

Fruit Fight

September 16, 2017 4:00 pm

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When you pick a peach off a tree, you don’t expect to see a cherry hanging right next to it. But that’s exactly what happens if you pick a piece of fruit from Sam Van Aken’s tree. Read on to find out more about this awesome tree – and do the juicy math!

Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

September 15, 2017 4:00 pm

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Cats are furry and fuzzy all over, but the most important bit of fluff might be a cat’s whiskers. Their whiskers are important because they help the cats do math in tight spaces! Read on to find out how.

A Very Prickly Family

September 12, 2017 4:00 pm

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We’ve seen lots of odd animal friend pairings before. But this one might be the oddest. A soft, cuddly cat decided to become a mama to 4 cute, prickly hedgehog babies who needed one. Read on to cuddle up with the math in this odd pairing.

Giraffe Hotel

September 11, 2017 4:00 pm

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A hotel is a building where you pay to stay one night at a time when away from home – and where, if you’re in Kenya, a giraffe might suddenly poke its head through your window. Read on to check out these interesting guests and do the giraffe math!

Why Did the Duck Cross the Road?

September 8, 2017 4:00 pm

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Every once in a while, we’re driving down a road and have to stop to let a family of geese cross, or a mama deer and her fawns, or maybe just a squirrel if you see him in time. But like the people who filmed this video, we enjoy watching — and counting! Read on to see how the ducks line, and add, up.

Swing That Bowling Ball

September 7, 2017 4:00 pm

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When you swing on a swing, you’ll find that whether you push back a lot or a little to start, it always takes the same amount of time to swing from back to front. The only thing that changes the timing of a swing is the length of the chains: longer swings take longer to swing. One person showed this using bowling balls on strings – and you’d be amazed at what the balls did! Read on to watch the video, and do the swinging math.