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Are Rockets Fast or Slow?
October 19th, 2021

Of course rockets are fast – or are they? Do they go as fast on the ground as they do in air? Or would you be able to beat a rocket in a race around your town? Read on to rocket through the math in space shuttles!

Who’s the Nosiest Animal in the World?
October 18th, 2021

Sniff out some wild numbers to figure out who has the longest nose on Earth in this Bedtime Math story!

Get in Line – with Saturn and Mars
October 15th, 2021

When we look at the stars in the night sky, we see that our planet Earth isn’t the only ball of rock whizzing through space. There are 7 other major planets gong around the Sun, the Moon – our nearest neighbor – and a lot more. The Moon sounds like it’s far away, almost a quarter million miles, but someone figured out that all the other planets could fit perfectly lined up in that space! Read on to do the math on the space in space.

The Straw That Broke the Gator’s Back
October 12th, 2021

Hey, is that a real live monster-sized alligator? Read on to find out – and see how math, art, and nature come together!

Just Like Two Peas in a…Mattress
October 11th, 2021

If you’ve heard the fairy tale of the princess and the pea, you know it’s about a very picky princess who can feel a tiny pea under her poofy bed. This got Bedtime Math fan Tanisha T. thinking, and she asked us how many peas could we stuff into a whole mattress? Read on to do the math behind veggies in your bed!

Flashing Those Lego Feathers
October 10th, 2021

If you’ve ever played with Legos, you know how fun it is to make creations with them. Well, Sean Kenney, an artist and “LEGO Certified Professional” has taken brick building to a new level – he creates life-like statues of animals using thousands of Legos! Read on to do the math on his brick collection – and see how real his wild creature creations look.

When Hippos Hang by a Hair
October 9th, 2021

Ever wonder if your hair is strong enough to pick up a pen? Or a hippo? You might be surprised at just how strong one strand of hair can be! Read on to do the hair-raising math on the strength of your hair.

Fluffy Robot Penguin
October 8th, 2021

It’s hard to study penguins as a scientist. But if you’re a scientist with a robot it’s a lot easier. And it’s even easier if your robot is cleverly disguised as a penguin. Read on to see how the penguins are liking these fluffy robot penguins, and do the penguin math.

Swing That Bowling Ball
October 7th, 2021

When you swing on a swing, you’ll find that whether you push back a lot or a little to start, it always takes the same amount of time to swing from back to front. The only thing that changes the timing of a swing is the length of the chains: longer swings take longer to swing. One person showed this using bowling balls on strings – and you’d be amazed at what the balls did! Read on to watch the video, and do the swinging math.

Putting the Boom in Boomerang
October 6th, 2021

When you throw a ball or Frisbee, it usually only comes back to you if you’re playing catch with somebody (or fetch with your dog). But a boomerang is different and will return to you on its own! Read on to find out how it works, and go flying with the boomerang math.

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