On Friday March 13th, in honor of Pi Day, the Third Grade Math students of  Mrs. Erin Spotts, joined with Miss Jen Stine's High School Geometry students, to engage in a collaborative exploration of the number Pi. According to Ms. Stine, "Pi Day is an unofficial holiday that celebrates the mathematical constant pi (π). It is celebrated on March 14, in countries that follow the month/day date format because the digits in this date (3/14) correspond with the first three digits of π (3.14)."  This year's Pi Day, March 14, 2015, was extra special as the first five digits of Pi, 3.1415, were matched. This was the first time in a century this occurred as was the matching of the Pi's first 10 digits, at 9:26 AM and 53 seconds, that day.
The student mathematicians measured the circumference and diameter of various circular objects and used their measurements to estimate the value of PI. This will be especially helpful for the elementary students since measurement and calculation are among the skills assessed on the Third Grade PSSA’s. The teachers reported the project was a fun and effective way for both groups to sharpen and hone their math skills.They were especially proud of the high school students who proved to be excellent role models. After the activity, the students- young and old- snacked on various circular treats!

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