Animal Airport

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Animal Airport

July 27, 2015

It’s a big deal when people fly by plane into a new country — and it’s an even bigger deal for their pets. Animals have to stay at the airport for their first 3 days to make sure they aren’t sick or contagious. So New York’s JFK Airport is building the ARK, a special building for the more than 70,000 animals that fly through the airport every year. It will have stalls for horses and cows, a yard with a pool for dogs, trees for cats to climb, and air conditioning, TVs, and showers for all. In fact, it sounds a lot better than what the humans get! Right now the airport has the “Vetport” to handle traveling animals, but this new place will be 18 times bigger. If you can bark like a dog and look like one, maybe you can hang out at the ARK for a few days, too.

Wee ones: Which airplane-flying animal has more legs, a horse or a dog?

Little kids: If you fly through with 3 cats and 4 dogs, how many pets do you bring to the ARK?  Bonus: If you land on a Monday and your pets have to stay until 3 days later, on what day can they leave?

Big kids: If there are 18 horses and 22 dogs at the ARK and half of each type is watching TV, how many more dogs than horses are watching TV?  Bonus: If the rest of the dogs and horses go swimming, how many swimming legs are in the pool?




Wee ones: They’re equal: both animals have 4 legs apiece.

Little kids: 7 pets.  Bonus: On Thursday.

Big kids: 2 more dogs than horses.  Bonus: 80 legs, since you have 20 animals (9 horses and 11 dogs).

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Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.

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