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.
Strawberries are huge around here–by that I mean they are very popular, not that we grow them any larger than normal. We have strawberries at the farmers’ market, strawberry picking, and, of course, the big strawberry festival where we crown the strawberry queen and eat strawberry shortcake!
Outside play with chalk is classic summer fun. Kids of all ages love to draw, make up games, and play classics like hopscotch on the sidewalk. Rather than buy more chalk that will crumble and make a mess, let’s to mix up colorful, homemade chalk paint.
As the temperature rises, the search is on for activities to beat the heat. Some days are so hot we can imagine how nice it would be to find ourselves surrounded by a chilly substance like ice. While we’d be miserable after just a minute or two, you can easily freeze some small toys and trinkets in a block of ice. Once they’re frozen, the kids can become ice excavators, freeing the toys, cooling off, and learning some cool math principles along the way!
What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? Wackier than a cat that plays Jenga and crazier than Crazy 8s? Bedtime Math, of course! We joined Instagram and, boy, do we have silly stuff to show you!
As much as I love school supply shopping with my kids, I cringe when the boys come home on the last day of school with a giant mess of used items. The crumbled crayons, half used notebooks, and pencils that have seen better days need a summer vacation themselves. I’m here to share how to reuse those old crayon bits for new summer coloring fun.
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.
At a local festival, we spotted a bee keeper showing off her honey and a hive. We were fascinated by the six-sided, hexagonal shapes of the honeycomb. It got us wondering, do bees know geometry?
When summer heats up, we all seem to spend more time in the car – whether taking a long road trip, or just running between appointments and activities and accordion lessons. Fortunately, we’ve got fun number games on our latest downloadable printable that are sure to keep the backseat bunch happy.
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