Speedy Scooter Dog

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Speedy Scooter Dog

October 14, 2017

We’ve seen dogs ride skateboards and surfboards, which takes great balance. But for a dog to ride a scooter is a different story. The pooch has to stand on just 2 legs, hold the handlebars, and then push with one back leg. Well, a French sheepdog named Norman became really good at this, and set the doggie scooter-riding world record. He zipped across a gym floor for 30 meters (about 98 feet) in just 20 seconds, without falling over or having to stop to pee. Norman’s human friends had to train him to understand certain words: “up” to get on the scooter, “scoot” to push with his feet, and “coast” to relax when he’s picked up speed. But judging from the photo, Norman is happy to do this sport without being told.

Wee ones: If Norman understands the words “up,” “scoot” and “coast,” how many words has he learned?

Little kids: If Norman trained for exactly 3 months and set this record in July 2013, in what month did he start training?  Bonus: Norman scootered 98 feet. How many more feet would he have to scoot to reach 100 total?

Big kids: If Norman had scootered a full 100 feet in 20 seconds, about how long would it take him to go 1000 feet?  Bonus: If on his 98-foot ride Norman had stopped every 20 feet to sniff the bystanders for 3 seconds, how much longer would his ride have taken?

The sky’s the limit: 22 feet per second is the same as 15 miles per hour. If Norman scootered 100 feet in 20 seconds, about how many miles per hour was he going?

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: 3 words.

Little kids: In April of that year.  Bonus: 2 more feet.

Big kids: 200 seconds, which is 3 minutes 20 seconds.  Bonus: 12 seconds longer, since he would have stopped 4 times (at 20 feet, then 40, 60, and 80).

The sky’s the limit: 100 feet in 20 seconds equals 5 feet per second. So his speed is 5/22nds of 15. That comes to 75/22, which is just shy of 3 1/2 miles per hour.

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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 while still in diapers, 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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