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**Q:** Why did the droid cross the road? **A:** To get to the Dark Side!

Droids on the Dark Side? Yikes! In this week’s word problem challenge our droids are trying to *escape* from the Dark Side. Kids, math help is needed, and you can do it! So dust off your elementary school math skills to solve the question below.

**Question:** A protocol droid and a utility droid are both trying to reach an escape pod so that they can get away from an evil imperial spacecraft. The protocol droid walks at a speed of 2 mph. The utility droid rolls at a speed of 5 mph. If they start from the same place, then which one will reach the escape pod first? How can you tell?

**Solution:** The faster droid will reach the escape pod first. Since 5 is more than 2, we can tell that 5 mph is faster than 2 mph. So, since the utility droid rolls at a speed of 5 mph, it will reach the escape pod first.