# A Can’t-Miss Game

Normally a basketball hoop is just a hoop stuck against a flat board. But this one looks a little different. Can you tell how? The backboard is curved! It curves inward, just like a spoon – that’s called concave. You can throw a basketball at any part of this crazy concave backboard, and it will bounce into the hoop. Upper left corner, bottom right, it doesn’t matter – the angle of the board will steer the ball right in! Of course, if you still want a real challenge, you can go for nothing but net.

Wee ones: Basketballs roll. Can you find anything near you that rolls?

Little kids: If you make a 2-point shot, then a 3-point shot, how many points did you score? Bonus: If you throw 10 shots at this backboard but completely miss the backboard 1 time, how many times did you hit the backboard and score?

Big kids: If a blue team shoots on this basket and makes all 14 of their shots, but a red team plays on a normal basket and makes 1/2 of their 24 shots, who made more shots? Bonus: What if the red team makes 5/8 of their shots – does that change the winner?