Pi Day at Aaron School
Maryam Azhar, STEM Department Chair at 30th Street
Every year, Aaron School students come together on March 14th to celebrate Pi Day! Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). It is observed on March 14th because the date resembles the first three digits of pi (3.14).
A school-wide assembly was organized by the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Department for the students to participate in some pi-related fun! Department members wore matching S.T.E.M. T-shirts as they guided the students through a series of activities. The first activity was a pi memorization contest in which students memorized and recited as many digits of pi as they could. The winner memorized over 60 digits of pi! The second activity was a word challenge in which students brainstormed as many words as they could that contained the letters “pi” together, such as “piano,” “hospital” and “pineapple”. The third activity involved creating a paper chain, which involved a great deal of student collaboration. Not only was the chain color-coded to the digits of pi, but it also doubled as a stunning decoration for the Spring Dance. The final activity was a pie making contest where three students were selected to decorate pie crusts with whipped cream, sprinkles, and raspberries. The best-looking pie won!
Overall, the students had a blast celebrating Pi Day, and the STEM Department could not think of a better way to “occu-pi” the afternoon!