Author: Derek Stump

Guinea Pigs Above the Rim
June 15th, 2022

In basketball, one of the most exciting plays is a “slam dunk.” That’s when a player leaps up to the hoop and jams the ball through, before hanging on the orange rim for style points. It turns out humans aren’t the only animals who like to dunk. Molly the guinea pig just dunked 4 times in […]

Hopscotch 4 Miles – and Then Some
May 16th, 2022

Jump right into this bouncy story about a world record hopscotch course, and do some thinking on your feet!

Can You Count All the Clouds?
May 10th, 2022

Have you ever tried to count all the clouds in the sky? Set your sights high in this fun outdoor math story to share with your kids!

Hockey for Days (and Weeks)
April 25th, 2022

Hockey is a fast, fun sport: Players skate on ice and use a stick to whack a slippery round puck into the goal. But they get tired fast, too. So hockey players skate only for a couple of minutes at a time, taking turns. In an hour-long game, a hockey player will play for only […]

Can Fish Count?
April 11th, 2022

It’s stingrays vs. cichlids in a battle of fishy wits. Learn how various fish fared on a math pop quiz in this wild STEM story!

Call This Number for Happiness
April 4th, 2022

The world is a big and busy place, and sometimes we – both kids and grown-ups – can feel sad or scared. When we feel this way, one of the best things to do is talk to family or friends – or anyone who’s nice. That’s why a 5th grade class in Indiana started a happiness hotline. […]

From Dishwasher to Fishwasher
March 28th, 2022

A dishwasher is a wonderful machine that saves water and energy – and saves you from chores. You just chuck your dirty dishes and soap in there, press some buttons, and it washes and dries everything for you. It turns out it can also make a tasty dinner. People have been cooking fish in dishwashers […]

Potato Head Gets Ahead
March 21st, 2022

Have you ever played with a Mr. Potato Head toy? You stick colorful body parts – arms, ears, eyes, nose, mustache, mouth, shoes, hat, and pants – into a potato shape, and poof, you have Mr. Potato Head! You can make many silly faces by swapping those parts around. And it turns out you can […]

Get Your Goat (Tower)
March 7th, 2022

How many goats can fit in one tower? Take it to new heights with well-balanced barnyard animals in this wild and woolly math story!

Well, Shucks
February 28th, 2022

Do you love corn on the cob? Before you can cook corn on the cob, you have to “shuck” it. That means yanking off the corn’s husk (those papery green leaves) and brushing away the brown silk strings. It’s kind of like peeling a banana. But do you think you could peel 9 or 10 […]