On March 13, students in grade 6 through 8 at Tashkent International School spent part of the day celebrating and investigating the number pi (π). Pi Day, which falls on March 14 (3.14), was first celebrated in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium and has since grown into a mathematical fete observed the world over. This year was a very special Pi Day as we have 3/14/15, which is the first 5 digits of pi.
At TIS, activities included a scavenger hunt that required students to use formulas involving pi to deduce their next clue; an activity highlighting the connection between circumference, diameter and pi; an activity where students approximated the area of a rectangle from the area of a circle and found the ratio of the length & width; looking for the approximate ratio of pi in body measurements; and an artistic representation of the non-terminating, non-repeating digit using pi spirals.
The event culminated in a brief talk by visiting author David Schwartz, followed by the third annual TIS Pi Reciting Contest. This year, the winner recited 65 digits of the number pi. Congratulations to David Aronson! As his prize he got to “pie” Mr. Sione.