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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.

Make Your Own Astrolabe

November 10, 2014 8:00 am

When you give someone directions to your house, you might tell them your relative location first, such as, “We live southwest of the post office.” After that, you’d...

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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.

Crazy for Cup Stacking

November 5, 2014 8:00 am

5.280 seconds is the time to beat! William Orrell holds the world record in cycle cup stacking. If you’ve never tried this before, you’re missing out on a fun, popular sport for kids of all ages. Cup stacking incorporates hand and eye coordination with architecture basics in two and three dimensions. Cup stackers create specific cup stacks and artfully collapse them down in seconds.

Don’t Worry, Be Mappy: Geography Math Printable Activity Pages

November 3, 2014 8:00 am

Any time is a good time to explore our surroundings, but autumn’s crunchy leaves and crisp air make it extra tempting. That’s why we celebrate National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week every third week in November (the 16th-22nd in 2014). To mark the occasion, we’ve got some marvelous geography math activities – and you won’t need safari gear or heavy winter coats to enjoy them!

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.

Dangling Doughnuts

October 24, 2014 8:00 am

We like to get into the swing of fall by enjoying some of our favorite flavors of doughnuts- apple cider and pumpkin spice- with a unique math twist! As much as we love eating those doughnuts as they are, we like to play a fun game with them that gets everyone in a silly mood: the dangling doughnut game!

Best of Bedtime Math: Let’s Go LEGO

October 22, 2014 8:00 am

LEGO and math fun fit together like LEGO pieces and…other LEGO pieces. So it’s not surprising that we’ve found tons (literally, tons) of brilliant LEGO creations worth writing home about. Read some of our best LEGO-themed Bedtime Math problems!

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!

Math Helps You Dig this Granola Bar

October 13, 2014 8:00 am

As I was “digging” around my calendar, I came across a fun fact: October 18 is International Archaeology Day. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about it, but as a family we had a unique experience with archaeology this summer and we’ve been interested in it ever since.