Did you know that ‘World Maths Day’ was created by Australian digital learning resource developer 3P Learning in 2007. The first World Maths Day was held on 14th March (3.14, or “Pi Day”) of that year, and almost 300,000 students from 98 different countries participated in online competitive games centred around mental maths problems.
This year the Maths department at BISP held their annual Pi Day celebrations. Pi Day is held on the week of March 14, which is 3.14 when written in the American, day, month format, as 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant figures of π.
Events for our Key Stage 3 students included drawing circles freehand, pi quizzes and using compasses to create circular patterns. Each house team also had to provide a number of students who then had to recite pi from memory in front of the year group. At the end of the lesson students then tucked into some pi related snacks.
This year we saw some sensational pi memory performances. In Year 7, Max recited 94 digits of pi. In Year 8 we had fantastic performances from both Beam (152 digits) and Emma (126 digits), and in Year 9 Jessica was able to remember 83 digits. Well done to all who took part!
We also then organised for our Year 7 and Year 8 students to take part in an outdoor demonstration of the link between pi and the circumference of a circle which we filmed with a drone camera. Enjoy the video!
World Maths Day is one of the world’s largest global educational events. Its aim is to connect the global learning community and foster friendships between children of different cultures as they learn to excel in mathematics together. BISP students will take part in a variety of activities and exercises to celebrate World Maths Day.
You can learn more here: https://www.twinkl.co.th/event/world-maths-day-2022