Around the world on March 14, people celebrate the mathematical symbol Pi (π), a Greek letter which represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Although it can be rounded up to 3.14, which is why it’s celebrated on March 14, Pi has an infinite number of non-repeating digits in its decimal form. At the Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School middle school campus, the 7th grade students had a blast celebrating Pi Day.
Students competed to see who could memorize and recite the most digits in Pi. It is a difficult challenge, as there is no pattern and there is an infinite number of digits. Alyn Mai, Darby Webb, Cooper Davis, and Alejandro Lemuz were the class winners. Next, the classes read Sir Cumference and The Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander, a book that uses humor and fun to make this concept more accessible to students. Students demonstrated their understanding of the relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter by completing a hands-on activity. And finally, no Pi Day could be complete without the addition of actual pie. Taking a trip down to the concession stand, the 7th graders got to enjoy a sweet conclusion to their mathematical excursion. Pi Day is a fun way to celebrate this important concept, which is used in all disciplines of mathematics and science.