Talk to us! We want to make this happen for you. As an organization, our mission is to reach as many students as possible with a positive, fun message about learning. To that end, we try to make it as easy for you to host as possible. For more information on hosting an event, see Benefits of Hosting and Hosting Details.
How much does it cost?
Each student pays $25 to attend a Math Adventure event. This helps cover our costs for printing, props, costumes, staffing, insurance, school space rental, giveaways, website and email hosting, puzzle licensing...the list is long, and as a non-profit, we do our best to keep up! In many cases, we work with schools to offer scholarships - please ask your school for more information.
What do volunteers do?
There are many possible jobs for volunteers at these events. In addition to being a part of a community-building math and theater event, a volunteer might check in teams for adventures, help put up or tear down sets, or actually be a part of the adventure by doing a little acting. Every team is required to provide at least one volunteer, and school-age volunteers can earn a bit of volunteer time at these events, too.
What do coaches do?
Coaches are effectively the team's chaperone. We require that each team have one designated coach (almost always a parent of a child on the team), who can help the team move from adventure to adventure, and can either provide help with the puzzles or can seek a proctor who will help the kids. As coach, you'll be the team lead. Coaches will also attend a quick meeting in the weeks leading up to the event, so they can become familiar with the event, the puzzles, and the staff.
As participants, how should kids get ready for the event?
There's no homework, no grueling prep work. All kids have to do is form a team, and then rope in two adults who can help them on the night of the event. One will be the "coach" (chaperone), and the other will be a volunteer, perhaps with a little acting required. We'll have a meeting in the weeks leading up to the event for coaches and volunteers, to go over the puzzles and the theater involved.
What should each team bring on the day of the event?
Usually, there's not much you need to bring except snacks and pencils. Wear comfortable shoes, and dress in layers, in case there is an outdoor element (weather permitting). If there's anything else required, we'll let you know ahead of time, via email. We will supply puzzle tools, like rulers, pencils, tape, and scissors, but having your own can only be a good thing.
What do we do when we arrive?
When you arrive at the event, come to our registration table, and we'll check in your team and give you materials and some instructions for the evening. Then, find your table, and get ready. The adventure will shortly begin!
What can we expect during the event?
Math Adventure incorporates theater into every step of the event - in between the math puzzles. The event kicks off with an opening performance, which then leads into the first puzzle. At each step, solving the puzzle reveals a clue which then helps the kids to unlock the next adventure. From the opening performance, to the puzzles and adventures along the way, to the finale, your kids (and you) should be prepared for an exciting and fun time.
By the end of the event, what will the kids accomplish?
The closing finale and take-home goodies vary from event to event, but since these events are non-competitive, your kids will feel like they've accomplished a lot in one evening, no matter how many puzzles and adventures they complete. Often, a team will finish all of the puzzles for their grade level, only to decide that they want to go back and do a specific adventure again - so we give them the corresponding puzzle for the next grade level up, and they crack the code. And if they don't finish all of the puzzles in their level, we'll help. We want everyone to leave the event feeling like they've just had a unique and fun time.