Elementary Brain Teaser


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Help the Fireman

Observe the figure below. The fireman is halfway between the stairs and the firepole. The fire truck is halfway between the stairs and the firepole as well. The fire alarm rings. To get to the fire truck in the shortest possible time, should the fireman an use the stairs or firepole? Why?




Correct Solutions:


  1. Michael Szuch. Briarhill Middle School, Highland Village, TX
  2. Baxter Odom. Briarhill Middle School, Highland Village, TX
  3. James Cox. Briarhill Middle School, Highland Village, TX
  4. JP Gainza III. Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, FL
  5. Barker's Second Grade. Shell Point, Beaufort, SC
  6. Anthony Christodoulou. Maitland Middle School, Mailtand, FL
  7. Toni Janzig. Lyndale Elementary School, Minneapolis, MN
  8. Xiro Naovalath. Lyndale Elementary School, Minneapolis, MN
  9. Leslie Satchfield. Palms Elementary School, Casco, MI
  10. Jordan Rosenbaum. Hebrew Day School, Maitland, FL
  11. Annie Tannous. Oakdale Elementary School, Dedham, MA
  12. Gavin Saul. Lake Highland Prep, Orlando, FL
  13. Chris Seifert. Ute Pass Elementary. Chipita Park, Colorado
  14. Nate Foorman. Ute Pass Elementary. Chipita Park, Colorado
  15. Adam Emmenecker. Handley School, Saginaw, MI
  16. Sean Barry. Briarhill Middle School, Highland Village, TX
  17. Krystal Dulaney. Briarhill Middle School, Highland Village, TX
  18. Stephen Rose. Lake View School, Worcester, MA
  19. Ravi Lakdawala. Berkeley Prep, Tampa, FL
  20. Carol Glaser. St. Thomas More Catholic School, Houston, TX
  21. Nikitta Mullings. Carmen Arace Middle School. Bloomfield, CT
  22. Jerome Warner. Carmen Arace Middle School. Bloomfield, CT
  23. Shane Lampkin. Palm Lake Elem. School, Orlando, FL
  24. Anu Madan. Northwoods Elementary, Cary, NC
  25. Ryan Mitchell. The King's Academy, West Palm Beach, FL
  26. Alex Harmon, Oblong Elementary School, Oblong, IL
  27. Jessica Martin. American Christian Academy ISP
  28. Calvin Yiu. The King's Academy West Palm Beach, FL.
  29. Kristen Loveland.The King's Academy West Palm Beach, FL.
  30. Rachel Kuhl. The King's Academy West Palm Beach, FL
  31. Christele Porcher. The King's Academy West Palm Beach, FL
  32. Amanda Ferraraccio. The King's Academy West Palm Beach, FL
  33. Danny Roberts. The King's Academy West Palm Beach FL
  34. Jeremy Philipps. The King's Academy West Palm Beach, FL
  35. Billy Gunter. The King's Academy West Palm Beach, FL
  36. Jenna Steng. The King's Academy West Palm Beach, FL
  37. Brian Pierre. Carmen Arace Middle School, Bloomfield, CT
  38. Ashley Holloway. Carmen Arace Middle School, Bloomfield, CT
  39. Justin Jarvis. Carmen Arace Middle School, Bloomfield, CT
  40. Anna Sgarlato. Barnett Shoals Elementary, Athens, GA
  41. Catherine Reagan. Barnett Shoals Elementary, Athens, GA
  42. Samantha Lawson. Barnett Shoals Elementary, Athens, GA
  43. Robert Brown. Barnett Shoals Elementary, Athens, GA
  44. Judy Bau. Barnett Shoals Elementary, Athens, GA
  45. James Galus. Hemmeter Elementary, Saginaw, MI
  46. Ashley Rock. Whittier Elementary, Kansas City, KS
  47. Steven Carmain. Northwestern Elementary, Kokomo, IN
  48. Jon LaHue. Whittier Elementary. Kansas City, KS
  49. Stephanie Picerno. Kings Academy, West Palm Beach, FL
  50. Amrita Mankani. Handely School. Saginaw, MI
  51. Chris Bailey. Cary Elementary. Cary, NC
  52. Fatema Dewji. H.T.Thrift Elementry. B.C. Canada
  53. Katie Clough. Holy Name Catholic School. Coffeyville, Kansas
  54. Nathan Morris. Holy Name Catholic School. Coffeyville, Kansas
  55. Logan Bustos. Holy Name Catholic School. Coffeyville, Kansas
  56. kathryn lynn. Holy Name Catholic School. Coffeyville, Kansas
  57. jake york. Holy Name Catholic School. Coffeyville, Kansas
  58. Emily Relph. Holy Name Catholic School. Coffeyville, Kansas





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