‘Vehicles and Transportation’

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Beat the Clock, Win a Truck

November 12, 2014 4:00 pm

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Basketball isn’t just about chucking the ball so it lands in the net. There’s a lot of excitement in how you throw the ball, and how far. And this was certainly true when Drake University student Alex Tillinghast had the chance to win a truck by making 4 different shots in 30 seconds. Did he make it? Read on to find out and do the math!

600-Pound Building Blocks

November 11, 2014 4:00 pm

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The game Jenga is a test of steady hands. You stack blocks 3 across in 9 layers, then each player has to pull out a block and set it on top of the tower without making the whole stack tip over. People love this game. But why should we have all the fun? From cats to construction vehicles – everybody and everything is joining in on the game!

3,500-Ton Bath Toy

November 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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When a big new warship is built for our Navy, it’s built on land, of course – but then it somehow has to get to the water. There are a few ways to do it, but the most fun way to launch a ship has to be tipping it off a ramp and letting it plop into the water like a bath toy. We bet the waves the ship creates are a bit bigger, though.

Kid in the Mail

November 3, 2014 4:00 pm

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For a long time the U.S. Post Office delivered only thin letters. So when they first started delivering packages in 1913, people got excited and started mailing all sorts of surprising things.

Calculating Like Columbus

October 12, 2014 4:00 pm

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It’s Columbus Day, when America celebrates Christopher Columbus’ famous 1492 trip across the Atlantic Ocean and discovery of America. Actually, he was looking for what they called the East Indies back then. And he didn’t exactly do the math right, luckily for us!

Dancing with a Traffic Light

October 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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When we’re in a hurry, we hate having to stop and wait for a red light, or for that sign with the little red man. People in a rush sometimes just ignore that guy and try to run across before cars drive through, which is dangerous. So some people in Lisbon, Portugal wondered if pedestrians (people on foot) would stop if the little red man moved around and made waiting fun.

Troubled Bridge over Water

September 4, 2014 4:00 pm

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It isn’t every day that a major city gets a new bridge, but that’s what’s happening in the New York City area these days. Click “Read More” to find out what bridge is getting a new version of itself – and do the bridge math!

Livin’ in a Schoolbus

September 2, 2014 4:00 pm

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As the school year winds up, a lot of kids get to ride the bus to school, which can give your day a fun start. But how about riding that bus home and staying in it because it’s actually your home? Click “Read More” to see how Hank Butitta did just that – and do the bus math!

Digging Way, Way Deep

August 29, 2014 4:00 pm

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Have you ever driven through a long tunnel? Is that the coolest thing or what? It’s even cooler how tunnels are made. Click “Read More” to dig up the dirt on tunnel-making, and tunnel through some fun math!

Ice Bucket Challenge

August 25, 2014 4:00 pm

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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!