Word Problem Wednesday: Math Is A Hoot!

By Mathnasium | January 8, 2020

Q: How do birds get better at math?
A: They eggs-ercise their brains with word problems!

Word problems aren’t just for the birds, they’re a great way for students to improve their math skills as well! Our weekly word problem challenges are a great way for children to supplement their tutoring after school and get in some fun logic and math practice on a regular basis.

Today’s question gives students an opportunity to practice their elementary math skills such as multiplication, division, subtraction and addition. Take a look at the question below and give it a try. Don’t just wing it, take your time thinking about it. Be sure to come back tomorrow to check your solution against ours!

Question: It takes Andrew 25 minutes to build one bird feeder. If he needs to build seven bird feeders and has already finished three, how much longer will it take Andrew to finish the bird feeders?

NASA’s Charlie Blackwell-Thompson on STEM Careers and Shooting for the Stars

By Mathnasium | January 2, 2020

Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, the first woman to oversee a NASA liftoff and launch team.
Photo credit: NASA

We’re pretty excited about Charlie Blackwell-Thompson. A spaceflight engineer and veteran of the Space Shuttle era, she’s the first female launch director at Kennedy Space Center and the first woman to oversee a NASA liftoff and launch team — specifically, for the Artemis program. Artemis’ mission is to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024 and to establish sustainable, ongoing exploration by 2028. Once that’s accomplished, NASA will take the next giant leap by sending astronauts to Mars. Artemis, named for Apollo’s twin sister, includes the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket — the most powerful ever built — and the Orion spacecraft.