Walking on Water – or Above It

If you’ve ever stood on a skateboard, a surfboard or skis, you know how cool it feels to ride them. Well, imagine riding like that through the sky. French jet

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If you’ve ever stood on a skateboard, a surfboard or skis, you know how cool it feels to ride them. Well, imagine riding like that through the sky. French jet skier Franky Zapata rode a “hoverboard” a whole 100 feet above water. That’s 2-4 times the height of a house — and he flew like that for almost a mile and a half! His flyboard can drive for only 10 minutes at a time, but at a super-speedy 93 miles per hour. Sailboats, eat your heart out!

Wee ones: If you ride a surfboard, a skateboard, a scooter, a hoverboard, and a Flyboard Air, how many speedy vehicles do you ride?

Little kids: If you have a skateboard and a scooter, how many wheels do you have? (Skateboards have 4 wheels each, scooters have 2.)  Bonus: Say your 1st flyboard ride lasts 5 minutes and your 2nd is 9 minutes. If your friend’s first ride is 6 minutes, how long does her 2nd ride have to be to give her the same total time?

Big kids: The Flyboard can fly 93 miles an hour. How many miles an hour faster would it have to fly to reach 100?  Bonus: The Flyboard can fly as high as 10,000 feet! How many times as high as 100 feet is that?

The sky’s the limit — for real: At 90 miles an hour, how many miles can the Flyboard fly in 10 minutes? (Hint if needed: How big a piece of an hour is 10 minutes?)

Answers:
Wee ones: 5 speedy vehicles.

Little kids: 6 wheels.  Bonus: 8 minutes, since the total is 14.

Big kids: 7 miles an hour faster.  Bonus: 100 times as high.

The sky’s the limit: 15 miles. Since 10 minutes is 1/6 of an hour, it will fly 1/6 of 90 miles.