Posted on March 3, 2014 by JumpStart
Are you ready for an out-of-this-world adventure? Max and the Math Blaster team are officially kicking off the start of our month long Crew Tournament! If you haven’t already done so be sure to join one of our growing numbers of Crews or start yours on group of stellar math blasting Cadets.
This Math Academy competition might sound easy, but only the best and brightest Blasters will be able to take home our top prize – a NEW and never-before-seen HyperCycle! Trophies take into account how well you do in any of the Math Academy games. So play each game as much as possible to bring big TROPHIES to your Crew. Remember this bracket style tournament faces you off with one other Crew for each consecutive round of weekly play. And, all you need to do is play games in the Math Academy to start earning as many awesome accolades as possible!
Crew Trophies will be averaged out by the number of Blaster cadets in your Crew, so this is a challenge that is all about working with your in-world friends! For more details and the official schedule, review last week’s official announcement post and check back regularly as we update you on the current tournament standings here on the blog and social media sites like Facebook, Google+, and Twitter!
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Posted on March 3, 2014 by JumpStart
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Posted on March 3, 2014 by Math Blaster
In our night sky, there is one celestial body that is easy spot – the moon. Like a large, natural satellite, the moon orbits around our Earth and is brighter than any regular nighttime cosmic object. So what is the difference between our Earth and the moon? Here are some characteristics that distinguish these differences along with some similarities that you can share with your Cadets at home.
Photo by Blatant World
The first major difference is our atmosphere here on Earth. It holds in the essential gasses we need to breath and helps to distribute thermal energy so that our planet does not get too hot or too cold. It is an important part of what makes Earth livable. The moon has a very thin atmosphere, which causes wild temperatures. On the moon during the day it can exceed 200°F and can drop to as low as -280°F at night! That’s too hot and too cold for any human, plant or animal from Earth to live comfortably.
Gazing at the moon in the night sky, it is hard to tell how big it really is. It is actually only a little over a quarter the size of our Earth, which is smaller than all of the planets in our solar system, with the exception of the dwarf planet, Pluto. But, compared to its counterpart during the day, why does the moon seem about the same size as the sun? Not only is the moon 400 times smaller, but also it is also 400 times closer to the Earth than the sun is! This explains why they look similar in size in our sky.
Believe it or not, the moon wasn’t always a fixture that orbited the Earth. So how did it get there? Scientists believe that the moon was formed from a huge collision that blasted a chunk off of the Earth. The debris was caught in orbit and eventually formed the moon.
It is true that the moon brightens up our night sky, but that is not the only thing it helps Earth with. Acting along with the sun, the moon’s gravitational forces are responsible for our ocean’s high and low tides.
The Earth and the moon are very different in size, atmosphere, temperature, and even terrain. The Earth is a unique planet that supports life and the moon helps the Earth support that life. So although very different, the moon serves a beneficial purpose as it orbits the Earth.
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Posted on February 26, 2014 by JumpStart
Are you ready to stand with your fellow Cadets or have you already taken the initiative to join a Crew or create one of your very own? Our first ever Crew Tournament is flying into Math Blaster! Max and the team are hosting a 4-round, bracket style tournament with a high stake prize on the line – a never before seen HyperCycle for you to use while racing through the tunnels in HyperBlast!
It’s time to start sharpening your math skills because when it comes to out-of-this-world competition, what matters most is your accuracy and determination to come out on top! Here’s how this galactic mission will be broken down -
- Location: Math Blaster’s Math Academy
- Your Mission: Join or create a Crew to begin earning as many Trophies as
possible in the Math Academy. Remember, the more you learn,
the more you’ll earn! After all, this is the area of the Space Station where you will earn trophies for completing in action packed learning games.
- How it works: For each weekly round of the tournament, your Crew will go head to head against another group of Blasters to determine who will advance to the following round with the exception of the first week, which is considered pool play. In the first round, your Crew will be competing against groups of Blasters from your assigned division. From round to round, we will be determining the top Crews to advance as you face off against 1 other Crew until we are down to our top 2 Crews, who will battle it out in the final round of competition! Remember, only Trophies earned during a specific round of play will count toward your tournament standing. If you advance to the next round your scores will be erased and you and the Crew that you face off with next will both start at the same Trophy average of 0.To determine scores, at the end of each weekly round of play, Max and the team will be averaging out the number of Trophies that your Crew has earned by the number of members that are part of your Crew. Your score will ultimately determine if you are able to advance to the next round until we are down to our top 2 Crews who will battle it out in the last week of competition to claim the title as our first ever Math Blaster Crew Tournament Champions and bring home a never before seen HyperCycle.
Remember, each week of competition will be active starting at 2PM PST – 12 Noon PST, the following Monday. Also, to keep things fair, each Crew’s Trophy count will be brought back to “0” at the start of each round.
- Schedule: 4 rounds of competition, lasting from 03/03 – 03/30
03/03-03/09: First Round Pool Play
03/10-03/16: Second Round – Top 8 Crews
03/17-03/23: Semi-Finals – Top 4 Crews
03/24-03/30: Finals – Top 2 Crews
03/31: Winning Crew Announced
From top scores and achievements to an increase in rank and a few newly earned merits, there are so many ways for Blaster Cadets like you to show off their individual strengths while training in the I.S.P.! But, now is the time to prove your ability to work as part of a larger team! Start gathering your fellow Cadets for our upcoming tournament, today!
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Posted on February 24, 2014 by Math Blaster
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Posted on February 24, 2014 by Math Blaster
If it is snowing or just too cold to have fun outdoors, don’t let the wintry weather blues get the best of your Blaster. Harnessing your their creativity indoors is a great way to keep minds busy enough to not cater to boredom. You can bring some of the fun outdoor elements inside with paper snowflakes—an easy craft for both you and your kids to enjoy!
Photo by Suzette Pauwels
Not only will kids enjoy this hands on craft, but they can easily learn mathematical concepts with symmetry through their paper folding techniques.
Here is what you will need:
- Choice of paper
- Glitter (optional)
- Glue (optional)
1. Starting with a square piece of paper, fold it in half diagonally to form a triangle.
2. Fold the triangle in half, evenly, to meet the pointed corners.
3. Fold this triangle into thirds to create a “V” shape. Try to adjust the folds so that the sides evenly match up.
4. Take your scissors and cut a straight line across the top part of the “V” shape.
5. Now you are ready to get creative! Cut the folded paper with straight or curved lines, big or small. The key is to experiment with your cut-out designs to achieve a unique look.
6. Unfold your paper to see the kind of snowflake you have made!
7. Using glue and glitter, decorate your snowflakes for added shimmer (optional).
Use double sided tape, poster putty, or even string, to hang them from the ceiling or to stick them on a wall or window. Help transform your Blaster’s room into a winter wonderland with a blizzard of these paper snowflakes!
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Posted on February 20, 2014 by JumpStart
Have you noticed that Max, G.C., and the entire team aboard the Space Station have been unusually busy these last few days? From all the chatter around the Pods, it sounds like they are planning for something BIG to share with all you cadets! Think that you have the math skills and blasting experience to take on their biggest challenge yet?
Start preparing for the surprises ahead by joining a Crew. After all, if there’s anything we’ve learned from our experience and training aboard the Space Station, there is always strength in numbers! Keep up your efforts in the Academy and sharpen your skills so that you are able to blast your way to the top of our ranks, no matter what challenge is ahead!
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