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From: Zandra Vinegar (event coordinator) 
         ch3cooh@alum.mit.edu
         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. 

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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.

Stage Area:

Juggling
Poi
Booths

Magic Card Tricks
Mathematical Balloon Twisting (http://celebrationofmind.org/assets/ViHartBalloonBookletCC.pdf)
Pascal's Toss
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)
Other Areas

Entrance/Tickets
Special Carnival Foods
Snack Buffet
Prize Table
Room of Mathematical Curiosities 
Table of Games
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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,
Zandra
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Click on the link below to access my Valentine to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xLFf_SwaK4 

(If you don't have time to watch the entire video, watch from 1:44 until the end.)
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I hope you'll join me on November 4 in voting for Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In California, our schools rank 45th in the nation in math and reading, and many children aren't getting the education they deserve. Marshall Tuck is running to change that—he'll be an independent advocate for parents and kids, bringing our much needed voices to Sacramento. Here's a video about him and his campaign: https://act.marshalltuck.com/fourdays. Every major newspaper in California has endorsed Marshall's campaign. I'm voting for Marshall. On—or before—November 4, please vote for Marshall Tuck and vote for our kids' future!

If you don't like Tuck, I would appreciate your letting me know why.

The most recent polls are calling this election a dead heat, and literally a few hundred votes could make the difference between a better future for California's school children, or just more of the same. Please remember to vote and ask everyone you know to vote for Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Thanks,

Nancy
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I invite you to see Louis as Aladdin in Hillbarn's production of Aladdin Jr.
 
Thusday-Saturday, November 6-8   7:30pm
Sunday, November 9   2:00pm

Hillbarn Theatre
1285 E Hillsdale Blvd
Foster City 94404

All tickets $10
 https://fctickets.org/ or call the Box Office at: 650-349-6411 x2

I hope to see you at one of the shows,

Nancy
Louis' mom
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OK. You turned 50. You know you're supposed to get a colonoscopy. But you haven't. Here are your reasons: 1. You've been busy. 2. You don't have a history of cancer in your family.
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Register for Nueva Math Circle, 1/16

Come discover new math concepts in a fun environment! The next session of the Nueva Math Circle will be on Friday, January 16, from 5 to 7:30 pm on the Hillsborough campus. After a great session in September, Stephanie Englehaupt will return with a new topic for the Lower School. We are also excited to have Sue VanHattum from mathmamawrites.blogspot.com joining us. Our Middle School and Upper School session is entitled "The Science of Encryption" and will be led by Professor Dan Boneh from the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Lower School sessions start at 5:00 pm and Middle/Upper School at 5:30 pm.

Register at nueva-mathcircle-jan2015.eventbrite.com. Early registration is only $8. If you are interested in getting on the email distribution list or helping out, send a note to mathcircle@nuevaschool.org. You can also check out the Math Circle page (www.nuevaschool.org/outreach/math-circles) on the Nueva website for registration, room locations, and session times.
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The Blachman Family
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Brigadoon 
(the Nueva Fall Musical)

Members of the community, friends, family (all ages), and prospective Nueva students are invited to the Nueva Musical Theatre Academy production of Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon.  This Broadway classic, the story of two American tourists who stumble upon a mysterious Scottish village, features humor, romance and, of course, dancing!  It's great for the whole family!
 
Friday Nov. 21, 2014, 6:30 pm
Saturday Nov. 22, 2014, 1:00 pm followed by a talkback
Saturday Nov. 22, 2014, 6:30 pm
Sunday Nov. 23, 2014, 1:00 pm

We invite you to a talkback following the 1 pm Saturday November 22nd performance. At the talkback, people in the audience will be given an opportunity to ask members of the cast and artistic staff questions.

Admission is free! 

Food will be available for purchase. 

Performance will be in the GCC (gymnasium). 

The Nueva School
6565 Skyline Blvd.
Hillsborough
www.nuevaschool.org/arts/drama/brigadoon


Nancy
P.S. My children, Louis and Sarah, are performing as Charlie and Maggie in Brigadoon.
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"Perhaps in playing with these puzzles you will discover that mathematics is more delightful than you expected. Perhaps this will make you want to study the subject in earnest, or less hesitant about taking up the study of a science for which a knowledge of advanced mathematics will eventually be required.” —Martin Gardner, from the introduction in Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles, New York: Dover, 1986, p. vii.

Martin's 100th birthday was on October 21, 2014.
Exploring Mathematics through Puzzles. collected by Nancy Blachman. Founder Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival. Nancy@Blachman.org. “Perhaps in playing with these puzzles you will discover that mathematics is more delightful than you expected. Perhaps this will make you want to study the ...
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I remember a call-in to NPR's Car Talk several years ago, after (I think it was) Tom made an off-hand remark that he thought that Martin Gardner had died. The caller said he was pretty sure Gardner was still alive, and had been discussing the matter with his father just the day before. After a few minutes of related banter, either Tom or Ray realized that there was an important question left un-asked, and asked it: "Who is your father?" The answer was, "Martin Gardner."

The caller, Gardner's son, went on to offer that week's puzzler.
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