March 14, [3/14] is the annual Pi day celebration. Pi, the greek letter “π“, is used to represent a constant. Pi is an irrational number that is continuous with no repetitions and patterns that has been calculated to over one trillion numbers beyond the decimal point. It is commonly rounded to 3.14 in most mathematical situations.
Teachers across the nation celebrate Pi Day and change their schedule for that day to play a lot of math games. Some schools have a competition where the student who can remember the most digits after the decimal place will get an award.
“Last year I did the unit circle with food in it,” Kathy August, a geometry teacher and activities director said.
Some teachers at South last year even let their students bring pie to class and enjoy the food. Unfortunately this year, August is not allowed to do the activity due to the fact that some students are gluten intolerant and cannot participate in the activity, making them feel left out. An alternative August has decided to do this year is to teach her kids the unit circle using a diagram.
In honor of Pi day, a game has been created called “Pi Ball.” Pi Ball was created in South Africa eight years ago, in 2008 on March 14. The game field consists of a circular court surrounding a circular strike zone, and each team consists of two players standing diametrically opposite of one another within the circular court. Rules of the game are similar to a cross between tennis and spikeball. The ball is hit back and forth towards the center until one of the opposing team is unable to continue and the ball touches the ground.
“Usually I think of it as a day to celebrate in geometry class, but we have been working in radians recently,” Tony Knowles, an SL1, SL2, and algebra II teacher said.
Some teachers are still debating whether or not to actually do Pi Day because the symbol “π“ is typically associated with geometry, and in particular circles, thus for some teachers, it is too irrelevant to celebrate Pi Day in the first place.
“Now that it’s like a block period and like time is of the essence, sometimes I do sometimes I don’t depending on how behind we are or if there is time to do it,” Amy Sequeira, a geometry and algebra II teacher said.