Monterey & Santa Cruz Math Festival
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
Parable of the Polygons
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
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?