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Climbing to Infinity

November 21, 2014 4:00 pm

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If you love climbing, do we have the jungle gym for you. It’s the new Infinity Climber at Liberty Science Center. “Infinity” is a math word: it means “forever” or “endlessness.” And while the Infinity limber doesn’t go on and on forever, it is pretty big and full of math and exercise!

Sign of the Times (Square)

November 18, 2014 4:00 pm

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Times Square, a stretch of blocks in the middle of New York City, is famous for signs so bright that even at night the streets are as bright as daylight. And now one sign will shine brighter and bigger than all the rest. With 24 million LEDs, the world’s biggest billboard ever built is sure to grab some attention. It already grabbed ours with all the math in it!

Tightrope Across Town

November 13, 2014 4:00 pm

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We always love hearing about people doing crazy stunts, like walking on a tightrope over a river between two really tall buildings — or better yet, a tightrope that runs uphill.

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!

Play That Carrot

November 2, 2014 4:00 pm

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If you don’t love every vegetable out there, this guy might change your mind. Junji Koyama has figured out how to take just about any veggie — a carrot, a potato, a head of broccoli — and turn it into a musical instrument. Now if that doesn’t make veggies more appetizing, we don’t know what will.

Scooter Dog

October 28, 2014 3:00 pm

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We’ve seen dogs ride skateboards and surfboards, which takes great balance. But for a dog to ride a scooter is a different story. Well, Norman the French sheepdog can do just that, and has set the doggie scooter-riding world record. When you think about all the hours of training and scooter rides it took for him to do this, it really adds up and makes his feat that much more impressive!

Spotted on Halloween

October 24, 2014 3:00 pm

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With Halloween just a week away, lots of us have decorated our homes for the big day. And if you’re a little creeped out by all those giant spiders and webs on people’s bushes — even though you know 3-foot-wide spiders probably aren’t real — you can try glowsticks for something a little less yucky and a little more colorful. No matter what you use to decorate, though, there’s sure to be lots of math!

Eye-Popping Puzzling Paper-Play

October 21, 2014 4:00 pm

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We’re loving the site Papermatrix, where super-talented people show us how to weave strips of colored paper into wild-patterned boxes, balls, and other shapes. And these cool crafts have a ton of math in them.

Facing the Soccer Ball

October 19, 2014 4:00 pm

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Soccer balls are fun to kick around and do cool tricks with. There’s lots of math in soccer balls, too, like the different shapes on them. It’s one sphere that’s full of surprises.