Dog Train

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Dog Train

September 22, 2019

Dogs love to ride in the car with their head sticking out the window. Looks like they love riding trains, too. Eugene Bostick, an 82-year-old man in Texas, built a dog train that he pulls with his tractor. He takes care of dogs he finds who don’t have a home. When he had just a couple, they’d ride in the tractor with him. But now there are too many dogs to fit in his lap. So he connected a bunch of blue carts, and ta-da, we have a dog train!

Wee ones: What shape are the tractor wheels?

Little kids: If there’s 1 dog in each cart, how many dogs are in front of the 7th dog? Bonus: If there are 8 carts and you ride in the 5th one, how many dogs are behind you?

Big kids: If the dogs ride every 4th day starting on Sunday of the 1st week, in what week do they get to ride on a Tuesday?  Bonus: If the dogs ride twice a week, how many rides do they get in a 52-week year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: Circles.

Little kids: 6 dogs.  Bonus: 3 dogs are behind you.

Big kids: In the 3rd week (Sunday/Thursday, then Monday/Friday, then Tuesday/Saturday).  Bonus: 104 rides.

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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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