You do not need any crochet experience. Many of the pieces can be made by repeating a very simple crochet stitch. At the meetings that have been held so far, several people have been taught to crochet, and left the meeting with yarn and a new hobby! If you do crochet, the variety of coral-like shapes that can be created may be inspirational.
This year's team of Ed Hrinya, Jared Meadows and Kat Jansen received the second highest ranking of Meritorious, which placed them in the top 1 percent internationally in the Mathematical Competition in Modeling.