MBAMP 2018 Summer Institute

What Happened in the Morning Sessions?

Day-1, RickWest

What starts out as a simply described math problem leads to the discovery of the Fibonacci Sequence that for hundreds of years has captured mathematicians, physicists and

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artists alike. The magic of recursive relationships, at the heart of modern day computer science, leads participants to experiment with simple patterns and ultimately forecast results otherwise incalculable. 

Imagine walking up a flight of stairs, one or two steps at a time, and having to enumerate all the possible ways of climbing flights of 4,5,6, or even 100’s of stairs. What seems impossible was the source of this program where participants were carefully, methodically and accurately led to not just solve a problem but to gain exposure to a wide array of techniques for problem solving and discovery.


Day-2,  Johnnie Wilson.

Everyone has heard of the “Law of Large Numbers” but consider a room of 37 adults excitedly flipping coins hundreds of times, meticulously recording their data, all in an attempt to discover what probability, sequences, and recursion really mean.

What is really FAIR in a game?

This is not a theoretic exercise, but rather through the careful observation of patterns being generated by the simplest of experiments. 

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 Day-3 Jeff:  Combining math, physics and geometry, participants were led to explore a very simple problem, “what happens when you knock over your glass on a table” (after you clean up the spill, of course).Day3 summer poster.png


What pattern will evolve from the trace of the rim of the glass? How can that be predicted by the shape of the glass? By experimenting with several glasses of different sizes, patterns begin to emerge and the wonders of solid geometry move from the theoretical realm to practice. Underneath all of the observations lay the theory of similar triangles, ice cream cones, and the ever present....  PI white on black.png


Summer 2018 LEADERSHIP TEAM: Adrienne Cramer, Kevin Deutsch, Jeff Holcomb, Kathy Mitchell, Judith Montgomery, Kate Philpott, Michelle Voorhees,  and Johnnie Wilson.


PO Information for any MBAMP event:

  • List: The name(s) of the teacher(s) attending on the PO.
  • Cost is:($300.00/teacher OR $200.00/teacher for 5 or more teachers)
  • Make PO payable to: UC Regents/MBAMP
  • Email: (preferred) to:,
    • Subject: Summer Institute P0
  • By mail: MBAMP/ UCSC Math Office, 4th floor McHenry Library, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

The MBAMP office is in McHenry Library and open by appointment only. Email MBAMP Director Judith Montgomery 

The Annual MBAMP/ MBSP

STEM conference happened on

March 3, 2017

Next year's STEM conference will be in January 2019 

registration, flyer and information

will be posted here by  August 31 2018.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE Monterey Bay Science Project or NGGS PD 

EMAIL: Joyce Hill MBSP Director:

or Heather Murphy MBSP CO-director 


 MBAMP supports using MATH GAMES.

 List of math games. Slide show about Math Festivals.


Enjoy mathematics through game playing.  Experience the excitement of learning mathematics with fun. Gain knowledge and confidence. Discover the thrill of learning mathematics for its own sake.



MBAMP’s Math Teachers’ Circle is over for 2017-18

Check this site for next year 2018-19

We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month beginning in October.

Enjoy mathematics among other math teachers. Experience the excitement of learning mathematics content and history with a supportive group. Gain knowledge and confidence. Rediscover the thrill of learning mathematics for its own sake.. --- Judith

The 1-day conferences are usually: 9am to 3 pm, UCSC McHenry Library 1st floor, specific details are inculded in each event description.

Getting Here  Interactive Campus Map of UCSC &  Directions,  MAP of Hahn Parking and walk to McHenry.

Fees  for 1-day conferences are usually: $35.00/teacher/day ($20.00 for students) 

1-unit will be available for purchase for full day events ($60.00) for participation in conferences.

Parking is FREE at the Hahn lot on Saturdays.

QUESTIONS? Email: Judith Montgomery MBAMP Program Director


QUESTIONS ABOUT MBAMP or any of the events?  EMAIL:Judith Montgomery Program Director

Mailing address: MBAMP - Math Department UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, 4th Floor McHenry,  Santa Cruz, CA 95064

  • Thank you to everyone who participated MBSP/MBAMP Winter 2017 STEM conference.  (Participant Resources)
  • Thank you to everyone who participated the 2016 Summer Institute (Participant Resources
  • Thank you to everyone who participated in The MBAMP Spring conference Building Mathematical Fluency Using Math Games, brought to you by MBAMP and CalTeach. (Participant Resources)
  • For information about the below (click) Colloquia 
    • MathTeacher Circles (2nd Thurs of each month), Oct 2016 to May 2017 
    • San Benito County Math Talks (1st Tues of each month) Sept 2016 - May 2017
    • Thank you to all who participated in the MBAMP 2017 Summer Institute: Empowerment through Math.  The Participant Folder is open to the public.  Check it out. 

FAQs about  MBAMP 

  1. Q: What do I do if I have general questions about MBAMP?

    1. A: Spend some time looking around the website.  Go to all the links on the NAV and on this HOME page.

    2. A: If you have questions after that email Judith Montgomery 

  2. Q:  How do I view math games on this site?

    1. A: List of math games. Slide show about Math Festivals.

    2. A: You can go the the resources page above on the NAV.

  3. Q: What is the Location of the MBAMP at UCSC? 

    1. A: UCSC McHenry Library. 4th floor room 4147

  4. Q: I don't know UCSC. What should I do to find McHenry Library?

    1. A: This link is an interactive Campus Map of UCSC. Use it to find McHenry Library. MBAMP is located in the 4th floor of McHenry Library on the UCSC campus.  We are in room 4147.  MAP of Hahn Parking and walk to McHenry.

    2. A: You can use Google map from your computer or your phone.

  5. Q: What is the Parking situation at the UCSC for MBAMP events?  
    1. A: If you are coming to a Saturday event at UCSC,  THE PARKING IS FREE. You can park in the Hann parking lot and walk over to McHenry. MAP of Hahn Parking and walk to McHenry.
    2. A: If you are coming on a weekday, you will need to stop at the parking kiosk at the main entrance on High Street and buy a permit.  The permit costs $6.00/day.  They will give you a map and help finding McHenry Library. You can park in Hann parking lot or the Performing Parking lot. 
  6. Where to we send a Purchase Order to pay for a conference fee?
    1. A: Send a PDF of the PO in an email to  Judith Montgomery.  Inculde Teachers' names and School name.
  7. What is the MBAMP mailing address? 
    1. Mailing address:
      MBAMP - Math Department
      UC Santa Cruz
      1156 High Street

      4th Floor McHenry
      Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Monterey Bay Area Math Project

Promote Your Page Too Remember MBAMP is ready to help with the implementation of Common Core State Standards around Mathematics (CCSS-M). If you are interested in MBAMP assisting with Professional Development (PD) for CCSS-M , email Judith Montgomery by clicking on her email on the right side of the page.