Things to Bring
We’ll be running some activities and competitions over the course of the weekend that you may like to participate in. Here is a printable checklist for materials to bring, with boxes to tick.
The Great Mathematical Bake-Off
Bring a mathematically themed baked goodie, to be judged and shared on Saturday evening. A menger sponge, a Jam pi? Your imagination is the only limit! Take a look at entries from 2019 for ideas.
Any food not required for judging purposes will be distributed among the MathsJam gathering attendees, so please bring details of any allergens or other ingredients your entry contains so they can be labelled.
The “competition competition.” Your opportunity to design a competition/puzzle for the other attendees to enter over the course of the weekend. The competition with the most entries wins. You will need to bring:
- Entry forms for the competition,
- Must be a single sided A5 photocopied sheet, printed black-and-white.
- It must contain all the information neccessary to participate your competition.
- It must have blank space for the entrants to write their name and their answers, this blank space may be the back of the sheet.
- You must provide at least 25 copies of your entry form.
- An entry box,
- Sealed container with a slot for completed entry forms.
- Must be clearly marked which competition it is for.
- The box must be placed on the Competition Competition table by Saturday lunchtime to make your entry official.
- A prize for the winner of your competition, it must not be worth more than $2.50 on the open market.
As with all competitions, when you submit your entry, you should inform one of the MathsJam organisers so we can mark down who submitted what. However, please leave your Competition Competition entry anonymous.
There will be three prizes for the Competition Competition entries.
- Best competition as chosen by the panel of judges. The panel will be chosen from non-competition-entering MathsJam attendees.
- People's Choice: the competition with the most genuine entries.
- Best attempt at circumvention of the rules while still strictly sticking to the rules. Don't worry, if you are too good at this and we don't notice at all, you might just end up winning the People's Choice category.
Sunday Tables and Display
Sunday Tables is an opportunity to share a mathematical thing you like, whether that be playing a game of set, to teaching someone how to crochet a hyperbolic plane, staging a dialogue from Gödel, Escher, Bach. You may also want to share maths crafts, games, puzzles or models.
There is also an opportunity to display images, diagrams or written information, such as a cool proof, article or problem. There will be several display boards around the room with space for (portrait oriented) A4 paper to be hung up – feel free to bring whatever you wish to display!
We’ll have social in the “After Math” of Saturday evening. You may wish to bring a favourite board or card game to play with other keen gamers.
When we do maths, sometimes we need props. Here’s a suggested list of things that may come in handy over the course of the weekend:
- Paper, pens, pencils
- Things to make smaller bits of paper out of larger bits, for example scissors
- Things to make larger bits of paper out of smaller bits, for example glue sticks
- Games, puzzles, interesting toys
- Coins, dice, tokens, decks of playing cards
- Straight edge, compass, Euclid himself
- Knitting needles, yarn, string, ribbon
Saturday’s lunch and Sunday’s breakfast will not be provided as part of the Gathering. You may wish to bring a packed lunch and something for breakfast (alternatively there are cafes/bakeries/supermarket in Geraldine). There is an option to join us for a social dinner on Saturday evening, and lunch at Barker’s eatery for Sunday lunch, and tea and coffee (and bakeoff entries!) will be provided throughout the event.