Pi Day at CDS Middle School
Every tradition needs a beginning, and yesterday, March 14, 2018 marked the beginning of a new middle school tradition at CDS: Pi Day. Middle School students spent math time exploring the most famous of the transcendental numbers, Pi. Students explored the history of Pi, wrote Pi poetry (mostly Pi-ku), created Pi art, and composed music based on the infinite digits of Pi.
The highlight of the day was the Pi Memorization Contest. Students spent the day competing for the title of Pi Memorization Champ. Two students, in particular, spent the day one-upping the other. Each time one would set a new mark, the other would come in with more digits memorized. Each time they competed, they had to start from the very beginning and work their way up to the new mark. The competition lasted until after the final bell, so it was agreed upon that the competition would conclude on Thursday morning in a winner-take-all, single-attempt recitation.
Paisley G. started off the morning with a small audience watching in awed silence. “3.14159…5359408…2?” She had made it 148 digits in and faltered on the 149th digit. Next up came her rival, Rohan K. "3.14159…5359408…12848…50284…9?”
So, the First Annual Pi Memorization Contest had reached an end.
Champion - Rohan K. with 163 digits memorized.
Runner-up - Paisley G. with 148 digits memorized.
Only 364 days until the Second Annual CDS Pi Day. We will see if these numbers stand the test of time or if someone, next year, will capture the title.