COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) - COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) - Three Columbia City High School students took a math project to a whole new level. Their YouTube video on Calculus is starting to go viral.
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High school seniors Corinne Kauffman, Celine Rongos, and Miranda Johnson rap about tangents, cosines and functions in the "AP Calculus 2013" video that parodies the song "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore. Miranda is the girl in the gray T-shirt, Celine is the girl in the plaid shirt, and Corinne is the girl in the maroon T-shirt.
The three did the video as an end-of-the-year project for their AP Calculus class. The teacher, Mrs. Scharpenberg, gave them the option to do a music video that incorporated calculus. Mrs. Scharpenberg is also featured in the video.
"They definitely went about and beyond what they needed to do," Scharpenberg said. "As they were making it, I was very impressed with what they did."
The students said the idea of the video stemmed from "Stoffelbucks," a reward a teacher, Doug Stoffel, uses to encourage students to earn extra credit.
"We were like, yeah, we could make a song out of that," Johnson said. "Basically that was the start and then it just went on from there."
It took them a month to do, with two days of filming at the school. It was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday and handed in to class on Thursday. Johnson did all the editing on the music video parody.
Kauffman and Johnson are both in the school's show choir. Kauffman said she saw a similar parody Purdue engineering students did, and would refer to that parody when they got stuck.
"We bounced some ideas off of that," Kauffman said. "If we got stuck, we would see how they used the rhymes and song and bounce off of that for ideas."
Half the grade for the project is from the teacher, the other half is from the rest of the class. Corinne, Celine, and Miranda were the only students in the class to get a perfect score.
The three girls told NewsChannel 15 on Friday that the entire school has seen the video.
"Just seeing the reaction of the people in the school, and everything we've gotten attention for, it's pretty awesome," Kauffman said.
It was also posted to a page on the Huffington Post on Thursday .
The project, or the class itself, may be very beneficial for all three students next school year. Kauffman said her studies at Huntington University will include music. Johnson, who learned how to edit during a video production class in high school, will attend Ball State University in the fall. She wants to become a physics and chemistry teacher. Rongos said she wants to study biology and pharmacy at Huntington University.
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