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Hang Onto Your Pants!

July 26, 2020 4:00 pm

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There are strange national holidays for everything – including National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day! When you think about how many steps you take each day (with or without pants), the numbers can really add up. So grab your pants, get moving, and do the math in walking with your pants.

Bull’s-Eye!

July 21, 2020 4:00 pm

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Today is the final day of Archery at the Olympics.  In this dramatic sport, the archers draw back their bows and launch arrows into the air at about 150 miles an hour, while the rest of us scramble to get out of the way.  Their target is a flat circle 77 yards away (where a yard is 3 feet) ringed with 10 colorful concentric circles.  Of course, the closer to the center you hit, the more points you get: the gold circle in the middle fetches 10 points, the next circle around it scores 9, and so on until the white ring on the edge, worth just 1 point.  The better your aim, the faster those numbers add up.

Pinging All Pots and Pans

July 6, 2020 4:00 pm

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Have you ever played ping pong or table tennis? In that game, you smack a little white ball back and forth over a net on a table. But...

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A Mouthful of a World Record

June 3, 2020 4:00 pm

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Dogs don’t quite play tennis like people do. They’re good at chasing the ball, sure, but then they’d rather chew on it than do anything else. Well, this...

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The Bounciest Mile

May 27, 2020 4:00 pm

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It’s easier to do one thing at a time than two things. Sometimes grown-ups get carried away doing lots of things at once. It’s called multitasking, and it...

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A Dizzying World Record

May 18, 2020 4:00 pm

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Can you spin around once? Good. Can you spin around 3 times? Great! Now, can you spin around 3 times on a skateboard in midair? Well, so far...

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Let’s Bounce

May 11, 2020 4:00 pm

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When you drop a ball, it bounces back up, but not to the same full height. What happens if you drop a ball on top of a ball...

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World-Record Buckethead

April 29, 2020 4:00 pm

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Normally you don’t catch a tennis ball – you whack it with a racket. And if you did try to catch a tennis ball, you’d use your hands,...

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A Can’t-Miss Game

April 27, 2020 4:00 pm

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Normally a basketball hoop is just a hoop stuck against a flat board. But this one looks a little different. Can you tell how? The backboard is curved! It curves...

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How to Be a Juggler!

April 18, 2020 4:00 pm

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It’s hard enough to catch a flying ball with one hand. But to juggle a whole bunch of them in the air — that takes a lot of math! Read on to play and juggle the numbers.