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There’s Always Room for Pi Day at Ma’ayanot

A snowstorm on 3.14 couldn’t stop Ma’ayanot students from celebrating Pi Day. The math-related festivities, which revolved around Pi—the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter—took place a week later on March 21. Organized by Randy Bernstein, chair of the math department, Pi Day began with a discussion of irrational numbers and a presentation by calculus teacher Dr. Sofya Nayer about the mathematicians who used a technique called infinite series to reach the value of Pi. Shoshana Weinstein (‘18) won a competition by reciting 90 digits of Pi by heart. The runner up was Kayla Tarlow (‘19) who recited over 50 digits. Students presented videos they created about “Torah Tales of Pi” and “Pi in the Real World.” Lily Polonetsky (‘18), a student in the coding elective, used Python to write a program that calculates Pi using some of the formulas that Dr. Nayer discussed. Students also created t-shirts and posters related to the day and competed in a Kahoot trivia game about Pi. And, of course, the celebration ended with pie of all kinds, baked by the students. Favorites included cookie dough, chocolate pudding, cherry, pumpkin… and broccoli!

 

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