‘Math Culture’

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So You Wanna Be a…Percussive Dance Instructor

December 4, 2014 9:00 am


It’s a classic conundrum for creative kids: should you dance or play the drums? Well, why not do both at once? Percussive dancers use their feet to beat...

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So You Wanna Be A…Geographer!

November 14, 2014 8:00 am


Lots of people think that geography means memorizing state capitals, but it’s so much more exciting than that (no offense to Bismarck or Carson City). Emily White leads the South Dakota Geographic Alliance as part of National Geographic’s efforts to help kids have fun with geography, and she spoke with us about all the cool places she’s been, and what she’s found there.

Best of Bedtime Math: H-2-Whoa

November 12, 2014 8:00 am


We know that it can be hard to commit to doing something every day, no matter how much you love it. That doesn’t mean you should miss out...

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So You Wanna Be An…Expert Animator

November 7, 2014 8:00 am


When we watch our favorite animated movies, we’re usually too busy laughing to think about how the movie was made. But animation takes an enormous amount of work, and some serious math skills too. Andy Hendrickson is the Chief Technical Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, which means he works to create the wonderful worlds we enjoy on the big screen. Andy sat down to tell us about all the fun he had building Sanfransokyo, the setting of Disney’s new movie Big Hero 6.

So You Wanna Be A…Balloon Sculptor!

October 31, 2014 8:00 am


You’ve probably seen a balloon sculptures before where 1 or 2 balloons are twisted into the shape of a dog or a hat. But have you ever seen a balloon gorilla that’s as big as the real thing? Ryan Freeman makes incredible balloon sculptures of that scale – and larger! He was nice enough to talk with us about the math behind inflatable art.

So You Wanna Be A…Professional Clown

October 17, 2014 8:00 am


Being a clown might look easy, but making people laugh isn’t always so simple. And it’s one of the most important jobs out there, so we were lucky to speak with Adam Gertascov, who’s been running his own clown company for years, and using plenty of math along the way!

So You Wanna Be A…Trapeze Artist

October 3, 2014 8:00 am


If you’ve ever gone to a circus, you probably know that you don’t need an airplane or hot-air balloon to soar through the air. Trapeze artists fly and flip and do all sorts of other tricks, using only a swinging cable, a dependable partner, and some math skills. Liz Osting performs in a trapeze troupe and she shared some of her mid-air math with us!

So You Wanna Be A…Buccaneer

September 19, 2014 8:00 am


Anne Bonny was an unlikely pirate. First of all, there weren’t many female pirates in her day, and most wore disguises to look like men. But not Anne. Second, she came all the way from Ireland to the Caribbean to commandeer her ships. And most impressive, she did all this sailing as a red-haired and freckly person in an age before sunscreen existed! We caught up with Anne on board her sloop while it was anchored in a secret cove, and she shared some numeric tricks of the trade with us!

You Wanna Be An…Avian Caretaker

September 5, 2014 8:00 am


When people say that a building has “gone to the birds,” they mean that it looks like it’s been taken over by animals. Well, aviaries are built to go to the birds, and they still seem like great places to live. That’s because of the hard work of people like Anthony Alfonso, a Farm-Aid at the Turtle Back Zoo’s aviary. Anthony takes care of small budgerigars, also known as budgies or parakeets, and that’s something worth squawking about!

So You Wanna Be An…Ice Cream Shop Owner!

August 22, 2014 8:00 am


Maybe it’s the heat talking, but we think Lucy Gojich does one of the most important things in the world: makes and sells ice cream. She was kind enough to show us how math is sprinkled throughout her ice cream shop 24/7, from Monday to Sundae.