For more than 25 years, the Cornell Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences has built solid partnerships with local teachers and schools, such as the annual T-shirt design contest held at Ithaca High School, in honor of Math Awareness Month. The winning student design is printed on T-shirts distributed to faculty, students and others who participate in outreach activities.
At the high school, for a week every year in April, a math question is posed during the morning announcements. Throughout the day, students submit their answers and from the group of students who answered correctly a winner is randomly chosen and given a Math Awareness Month T-shirt.
Approximately 60 entries were submitted. Votes from the Ithaca High School mathematics department and from mathematics faculty, staff and graduate students determined the winning design.
This year’s winner, 10th grader Olivia Lowman, created an image that combines geometry and technology, reflecting that she had just finished a fractals and tessellations project in her GeoTech course at the high school.
“I love to doodle and really enjoyed the chance to bring math into the organic shape of my gecko,” said Lowman. Her interests include photography and midwifery; she hopes to combine them and “document the miracle of new life” through photographs.
- Linda B. Glaser