Saturday, December 12, 2015

Math Club T-shirts Designed by Students; We've Come a Long Way in 5 Years

Every year, our math club and math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta (MAO), designs a T-shirt for the year. When we compete in South Florida, we enjoy wearing them and looking at all of the other designs that the other schools have made.

Yesterday, we unveiled our secret design, created by 3 seniors:

This was a play on Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Nae Nae, which is a popular song and dance out right now. So cool when on twitter, @pamjwilson tweeted this within days after the students and I came up with the idea "watch me flip, watch me translate." 

Great minds think alike. 

My students and I whipped and nae-nae'd for a while with excitement when we finally came up with the idea. OK, so they whipped and nae-nae'd...I would try, but I can't dance. At all. (My friends always tell me "less is more," but I don't get it, so I often refrain...especially in front of students!) 

We are lucky to have talented artists in the club, and that we have a great local company that makes the shirts for us at an affordable price. The color is beautiful and the shirt is soft this year, as we used a different brand. We always have our school mascot, Scotty, on the shirt in some way, and we usually take some pop culture idea and go with it. 

Last year, a senior came up with the idea "AB/BC" (Calculus), a play on words with AC/DC. We had SO much fun coming up with mathematical names for their songs. Here's how that shirt came out: 
In 2013 - 2014, we did a parody with Monsters University: 
Here's the artist's rendition..and how it turned out...we also make a digital scrapbook each year...the cover is the bottom left picture.
This was on the back of the T-shirt. At that time, we had student names on the back at that time, which I did not add.
In 2012 - 2013, "Oppa Gangnam Style" was big. My son, a freshman at the time, came up with idea "Cosine Tangent Style." The math club went to the mall after a competition once, and we were stopped constantly. People wanted to buy our shirt!
 
And below is our first shirt--we have come a long way! It says, in math symbols, "I'm Mathy and I Know it!," a parody of "I'm Sexy and I know It!" with a line from the song on the back, "I workout"...Problems.

We never know what we will come up with until we meet with the kids and come up with an idea after the summer. "Taylor Swift Series" was a close one this year, but I'm glad we came up with something specific to 2015. 

If you are not part of http://www.mualphatheta.org/, which I have written about herehere, and here, what are you waiting for? It has made a huge difference in my life as a teacher, and I think it has made a difference in the lives of my students. Maybe it will make a difference in your and your students' lives as well. 

2 comments:

Marc Winer said...

How do you order one and how much?

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