April 3, 2018 > Students crunch numbers on Pi Day
Students crunch numbers on Pi Day
Submitted By Cathreene Ingham-Watters
On Wednesday, March 14, students at Birch Grove Intermediate School in Newark had a chance to crunch numbers with visitors from The Calculus Roundtable in Oakland in honor of National Pi Day. Pi Day commemorates one of mathematicsÕ most useful infinite series of digits, called Pi, which is a mathematical constant for the ratio of a circleÕs circumference to its diameter and is approximately 3.14159. March 14 is represented numerically by the numbers 3.14 which are also the first three digits of Pi.
The day included math mentor visits from Jim Hollis, founder of The Calculus Roundtable which promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for students. Also, Nina Demediuk, an electrical engineer attended the event and visited classrooms and shared her experiences in using math and science to help solve real-life problems, such as her work with rockets.
While teachers at Birch Grove focus on STEM education daily, they added various Pi -related activities and lessons for this day, including a fun Pi numbers memorization contest.