Math Festival Facilitators

Saturday, May 8th, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

A math festival is a fun, inclusive, and non-competitive event for Monterey County students in grades 6 – 12. Students will dive into different activities at different (virtual) tables. Students choose what activities they want to engage in and then work collaboratively on the tasks with a facilitator.


9:30am – 9:45am Festival Start and Welcome

9:45am – 10:05am Breakout Session # 1

10:05am – 10:25am Breakout Session # 2

10:25am – 10:50am Breakout Session # 3

10:50am – 11:00am Closing



Facilitators: Jennifer Elemen, Sumita Jaggar, Eric Painter

Is it possible to influence an election without changing the votes themselves? What if you changed the way the votes were counted? 


Facilitators: Rod Garcia, Edi Porter

A block can jump as far as the number on top of it.  When a block lands on another, its numbers add together and they make a bigger stack. Can you get all the blocks into a single stack? 

Parable of the Polygons

Facilitators: Denis Kombe, Alison Lynch

Triangles and Squares live together in neighborhoods. However, the Polygons all believe two things: “I am unhappy if fewer than 1/3 of my immediate neighbors are like me.” & “I am unhappy if I have no immediate neighbors.” What happens as the neighbor grows, and how is it impacted by these seemingly minor biases.

The Dollar Game

Facilitators: Angela Meeker, Suzanne Damm, Kevin Deutsch

Imagine there is a group of people where everyone in the group has either a certain amount of dollars in their pocket or they are in debt (i.e. having a negative amount of dollars in their pocket). Each person is represented by a node (or circle) with either a positive number representing the amount of money they have in their pocket or a negative number representing the amount they are in debt.  Can they work together to get everyone out of debt?

Magic Squares

Facilitators: Suzanne Ebrahimian, June Trachsel

Your goal is to place the numbers 1-9 in a 3×3 grid so each row, column, and diagonal add to the same magic number. Can you find what the magic number is?


Facilitators:  Jordan Johnson, Jennifer Clinkenbeard, Will Franzell

Build cities of skyscrapers – with increasingly challenging constraints!

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