From: Zandra Vinegar (event coordinator)
919 605 6749
Next month, the SFSU Math Circle is running a "Carnival of Mathematics." The carnival will take place:
Sunday April 26th 1pm-4pm (volunteer shifts from 11:45am - 4:45pm and we will feed all volunteers lunch) at the SFSU Seven Hills Conference Center 800 Font St. San Francisco, CA
You've been forwarded this email because someone thinks that you'd be a real asset helping make this event happen! We will need a LOT of creative and excited volunteers in order to pull it off. If you want to help out, here are some ways to do so:
(1) Choose a booth to run! (There are no mathematical prerequisites to doing this, you just need to be excited about the activity.)
Some booths we need run are listed here: Math Carnival Booths . Sign up on this sheet by claiming an unclaimed booth (as a lead or assistant) or by adding your own idea to the list. Please do this ASAP, with an 'at the latest' deadline of 4/4. By 4/11 we'll need an activity plan with supply and printing requests by 4/11
(2) Sign up as a volunteer at this link: Form for Volunteering (there are also some roles we need filled that don't require as much time/prep as running a booth)
(3) Come up with 5-10 physical objects you can bring for a room set up as a 'Closet of Mathematical Curiosities' -- they can be anything from a Kline bottle to a pinecone, so long as you can explain why each should count as a cool curiosity. :)
Then fill this out: Closet of Mathematical Curiosities and plan to bring them on the 26th
(4) Forward this email or material cut from it to others you think might be excited to help out. Choose people who you think will be able to help make it awesome! I've also attached our flier, which you can forward on or hand out if there are students or families who you think might be interested in attending the carnival.
What the event will look like:
Overall, we've got an ambitious plan for what the event will look like: visualize a carnival buffet table, circus-type performers at the front (teaching as well as preforming), and 8 to a dozen crazy booths, each with a different carnival themed math activity.
What we need most right now are volunteers who want to run specific booths. For some of these booths the materials all already exist and just need to be polished and brought together. For others, a bit more work/design will be required. Or, if you want to design something not on this list, just let me know!
The basic mechanic for each booth is that students give you some number of (red or blue) tickets to join, and then receive some number of red tickets based on how successful they are at the activity. Tickets can be redeemed for prizes.
The goal is that you will be manning your booth with at least one assistant, but we need at least one person per booth to be ultimately responsible for making it happen. So take a look below and then use this spreadsheet to claim or propose a booth!
Math Carnival Booths
We also have a room set aside for a few 20-30 min sessions that can be run in relative isolation from the rest of the carnival. If you're interested in running something in this space, let me know.
Magic Card Tricks
Mathematical Balloon Twisting (http://celebrationofmind.org/assets/ViHartBalloonBookletCC.pdf
Monstrously Enormous Numbers (Estimations/Fermi, and Problems with Giant Answers)
Origami and One-Cut Magic
Mathematical Face Painting
Build your own Math Joke
Topological Tomfoolery (with vests, pants, and mobius bands)
Mathematical Cake Walk
Combinatorial Contests (counting and sorting handicapped in fun ways)
Special Carnival Foods
Room of Mathematical Curiosities
Table of Games
I don't know if all of this will come to exist -- as I said initially, we will need a LOT of volunteers in order to pull it all off.
If you're up for being one of them, thank you in advance! And please pass this invitation on to other creative and exciting individuals.
All the best,