For Antonella Preti, every week is Shark Week! Antonella researches shark biology and ecology at the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. Basically, she finds out what sharks eat, and as you can imagine, those fish can add up quickly!
A tornado is a strong storm where wind swirls around in a giant cylinder. Tornadoes can be dangerous if they cross paths with people or their houses, but “storm chasers” carefully study how tornadoes move and use models to predict how they can safely see the funnel clouds in action. We spoke with storm chaser Rob Hurkes while he was right in the middle of a storm chasing trip across the Great Plains!
July 4th is also known as Independence Day in America. It’s when we celebrate the birthday of the United States. But it took those first Americans a while to decide on a new flag. They tried out one with a snake on it – yuck – and another that looked so much like England’s flag that it confused everyone. Fortunately, Betsy Ross got us all under the same starry banner, and today, we’re going to the numbers behind her story – starting with 1776, of course!
The very first movies didn’t have sound, which meant squeezing a piano into the theater to add some musical excitement. Today, people like Rich Hamilton make sure we hear every word our favorite character speaks, shouts, and whispers. While that means less work for piano players, it makes a better movie-going experience for us. Bedtime Math sat down with Rich to learn about every angle of his work as a Production Sound Mixer and Boom Operator.
Steve Wolf might be the world’s first person to hold the title of “Stunt Scientist.” He’s like a magician who reveals how he pulls off illusions, only he’s not hiding tricks, just good science and smart use of numbers! Steve spoke with us about the explosive math behind movie stunts.
The discovery of fire was very important, because it allowed cavemen to barbecue hot dogs and make s’mores. But sometimes fires can spread where they shouldn’t, especially if no one planned them. Luckily, there are people like Joe Spych, who fight this kind of fire. Joe is the Deputy Fire Chief for the Bryn Mawr Fire Department. Happily, he kept things cool when he sat down to talk to us about the math involved in his job
For Computer Science Education Week we connected with Sri Ramakrishnan from Tynker, a program that teaches kids to code. Sri shares five thoughts about math and how it relates to computer programming.
Professor Jo Boaler, from Stanford University and CEO of youcubed.org, is on a mission much like Bedtime Math to help adults and kids get over math anxiety. She is a driving force behind math change in the United States and beyond. We’re pleased to present 6 of her tips to help parents make math fun.
Ramesh Kumar thinks math makes a person cool and smart. It’s highly creative, full of fun, logical, and based on reasoning. Many people consider math as nothing more than rote, tedious number crunching, plugging numbers into a formula that they cannot memorize, but it can be beautiful once you understand it. The beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
As a young engineer, Debbie Sterling set out to solve some of society’s big challenges. Now she’s building a special bridge, one that connects girls with a future in engineering. With the help of a wildly successful crowdsourcing campaign she launched GoldieBlox in 2012. Goldieblox provides a much-needed female engineer role model who help s girls develop their spatial skills and build self-confidence in their problem solving abilities.