*Bev Caswell’s AQ Course math busking on the streets of Toronto.*

**What is Math Busking?**

#### Math busking is a way of inspiring an appreciation for math by making it more accessible and inclusive to a wide range of people. Infused with playfulness, energy, and enthusiasm, math buskers provide large scale, hands-on activities that invite audience participation and engagement with mathematical ideas.

**Math Busking Activities**

#### We have gathered a number of math busking activities for you to take math to the streets, or to your school playground, or to use in your school’s math night. These activities can be used as a great starting place to inspire inquiry in your classroom. We often hear students asking: “How does that work?” “What will happen if…?” “Let me try that again…”

#### This game demonstrates number multiples and patterns. Two players, taking turns, must choose to take one, two or three clothes pins (one of which holds a $20 bill) at a time from a group of 12. The $20 bill pin must be left until last, and the winner is the person who takes the lucrative pin on their turn.

*(Game courtesy of The Globe and Mail)*

#### In this “mind reading” activity, the busker offers to guess the number of the month upon which an audience member’s birthday falls.

#### This activity can be used to inspire inquiry into place value systems (e.g., the binary system), doubling numbers, the powers of two, and patterning.

Download Instructions

*Click HERE for an interactive version of the Tower of Hanoi.*

#### Bring out the large calculators to test out calculator tricks with numbers!

*Sara Santo’s team of maths buskers in Southbank, London, England.*

**A little background…**

#### “Math busking” (as it is called in England) was developed by Sara Santos, a fellow at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and a team of university undergrads, teachers, and doctoral students who decided to use street performance as a way “to show the public the surprising and fascinating side of mathematics” through “maths busking”.

Click HERE to read more about “maths busking”.

READ the August 4, 2010 Globe and Mail article, “A new take on Newton: making numbers a game”