RSD Middle School Celebrates Pi Day 03/14/13
According to Wikipedia, Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in month/day date format), since 3, 1 and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.
RSD Middle School celebrated Pi Day with several activities. Students in small teams were led my Teacher Heather Mooney, who helped students to determine their team and to select and affix their temporary tattoos. The teams who were based in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) worked on a Measuring Pi activity with Mrs. Mooney. Teams who worked with Teaching Assistant Ms. Kathie Holzwarth made individual pizza pies to represent Pi in the RSD Community Kitchen. Ms. Holzwarth also shared a selection of children''s stories with themes in them related to mathematics and Pi. Teams working with Teaching Assistant Susan Klein and Jeff Pratt collected data from RSD staff to a simple survey. Students entered the data into an Excel spreadsheet to generate a pie chart or circle representing the data students collected graphically.
Pi Day activities at RSD Middle School wrapped up with students snacking on the pizzas they made. High school student Copper Norris demonstrated to students how he has memorized the value of Pi to 231 digits. Students Hunter Luther and Dylan Benjamin led middle school students on a memorizing Pi competition.
RSD Pi Day competition results:
In 3rd place with 23 digits of π ...Bode Aggas
In 2nd place with 33 digits of π ...Adriana Gonzalez
In 1st place with 42 digits of π ...Michael Cangialosi
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