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.

Competition Competition

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:

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.

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!

Board Games

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.

Other Equipment

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:


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.