Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could order a snack from your phone, then a tiny helicopter zoomed over your street and dropped it into your hands? That was the idea behind the Tacocopter, a company that could fly tacos to people using drones. A drone is a small, remote-controlled flying object with little propellers on it. These robots are too small to carry people, but they can carry smaller stuff, so why not tacos? 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.