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Suggestions for Starting a Math Club

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1.  Contact the school's principal

    a.  Discuss your ideas
    b.  Find a place to meet and decide how often to meet (try to make your math club into a regular elective class that meets during the school day!)
    c.  Discuss possible funding sources so you can purchase snacks, math materials, and pay registration fees for math contests
    d.  Discuss what types of lessons/activities/contests your club would include

2.  Contact local businesses, foundations, and school parents

    a.  As a possible source of funding and volunteers
    b.  To provide snacks for practices

3.  Contact math teachers for support and assistance

4.  Plan a date and time for your first meeting

    a.  Check for times of other school activities and clubs

5.  Check for availability of meeting place

6.  Determine if you will be participating in math competitions

    a.  Advantages:
          i.  This will help you determine what topics to learn
          ii.  This will supply you with materials to use during practice and as take-home work
    b.  Suggested math competitions:
          i.  Mathcounts (middle school) - for more information on starting a Mathcounts program, click here.
          ii.  AMC (middle and high school)
          iii.  Math League (upper elementary through high school)
          iv.  Mandelbrot (high school - some middle school students compete)
          v.  Rocket City Math League (middle and high school)
          vi.  ARML (high school)
          vii.  Math Olympiads (upper elementary and middle school)
          viii. USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS)

           ix.  Math Competitions In Texas

  1. Mathworks at Texas State University has a state-wide competition called the Mathworks Math Contest for middle school students.
  2. Rice Math Tournament (high school)
  3. Texas A&M University High School Mathematics Tournament
  4. University of Houston High School Math Contest
  5. Texas Competitive Math (upper elementary through high school)

7.  Have a presentation or display ready for school registration or schedule pick-up

    a.  This is a great way to inform and raise interest of parents
    b.  Have a sign-up for both students and parent volunteers (see samples below)
          i.  For providing assistance
          ii.  For providing snacks at each meeting
    c.  Have a handout (see samples below)
          i.  Describe your program
          ii.  List practice times
          iii.  List competition dates (approximately if not known)
          iv.  List basic topics to be covered
          v.  Give sample problems
          vi.  Tell parents how they can participate
          vii.  Request sponsorship from local businesses and foundations

8.  Make and display posters around the school (see sample below), the content could include:

    a.  Some mathematics problems on them
    b.  Time and location of the first practice
    c.  A note that refreshments will be provided at club meetings

9.  Remind students on your school's announcements, and through an e-mail list, and social media (e.g., Facebook group)

10.  Prepare a lesson or pre-test (if desired) for your first practice

11. Contact your local college or university. Many professors, undergraduate students, and graduate students are willing to be a part of math clubs to help share the joy of doing mathematics. You could invite them to be guest speakers or volunteers

DOC Sample Handout (DOC, 66.0 KB)
PDF Sample Handout (PDF, 72.8 KB)
PDF Sample Poster (PDF, 67.9 KB)