Wouldn’t it be awesome if a tiny helicopter zoomed over you and dropped a snack into your hands? That was the idea behind the Tacocopter, a drone that could fly tacos to people. A drone is a small, remote-controlled flying object. Tacocopter turned out to be a made-up joke, but before that news came out, lots of people had already tried to order tacos. It’s just that great an idea. Could we have a Cheetocopter? A Chococopter? Let’s see how fast the snacks add up.
Wee ones: If the tacocopter delivers tacos, burritos, corn chips and candy bars, how many types of snacks does it serve?
Little kids: If the Tacocopter hovers 9 feet above you, then drops down 2 feet, then flies up 1 foot, how high above you is it now? Bonus: If 2 Crunchcopters fly over you, and each one brings you 2 bags of pretzels and 2 bags of chips, how many bags of snacks do you get?
Big kids: What if we had a Pinatacopter: for every 5 tacos you order, the Pinatacopter drops a pound of candy. To get 6 pounds of candy, how many tacos do you need to order? Bonus: If you and your friends order 45 tacos, how many pounds of candy will come raining down?
Wee ones: 4 snacks.
Little kids: 8 feet above you. Bonus: 8 bags, since each Crunchcopter brings you 4 bags.
Big kids: 30 tacos. Bonus: 9 pounds, since you ordered 9 sets of 5 tacos.
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.