Ultimate Pi day – A Sweet Treat for Young Mathematicians

The Ultimate Pi day come to The Romsey School in a big way. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. This remarkable number has an infinite number of decimals with no repeating pattern, which is hard to get your head around. In fact Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. This Pi Day was special because this year it occurred on March 14, 2015, and at 9:26:53. it marked the “ultimate” Pi Day as it is 3.141592653.

The Maths Department chose to celebrate this momentous date and extraordinary number with a range of activities. Pupils discovered where their birthday was in the first 200 million digits of Pi; drew skylines and coloured squares representing the first 100 digits of Pi; watched videos explaining the importance and origin of Pi; and even competed to recite as many digits as possible. Abbie Roussell in Year 7 recited 100 digits from memory!

The week of activities culminated in the Great Mathematical Pi Bake Off. 57 pupils brought in home baked cakes and pies to be judged on mathematical content, design and of course taste.

Head teacher Mr McKavanagh said “This was an exceptional effort on the part of the pupils of Romsey School who produced a vast array of designs. The Romsey ‘Great Mathematical Pi Bake Off’ was a taste sensation, flavours ranging from chocolate to Liquorice, cherry to spinach and the room smelled like an artisan bakery. It was a challenge to choose a top 3 from the huge number of entries.”

Pi Day

The winning entries were: 3rd place Maisy (Year 7) with a spinach and ricotta pie, 2nd was a joint entry from Lauren  and Emily  (Year 11) with a raspberry and pear meringue pie and a fantastic booklet containing the maths of their pie, and 1st place went to Reece (Year 7) with a cake in the shape of a pork pie.