Math Department set to host Pi Day events

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Math teacher Karen Fitzsimons poses in front of decorative numbers of pi in the Math Resource Center. Fitzsimons was a proponent for the establishment of Pi Day celebrations in the math department last year.

Math teacher Karen Fitzsimons poses in front of decorative numbers of pi in the Math Resource Center. Fitzsimons was a proponent for the establishment of Pi Day celebrations in the math department last year.

Sophomore Brandyn Li has been memorizing digits of pi since he was 13 years old. Last year when Li heard about the Math Department hosting a Pi Day, including a competition of who can recite the most digits of pi, he signed up immediately.

Li said he came in second place and recited around 300 digits of pi, but this year his goal is to memorize over 500 digits.

Pi Day is on March 14 because the date lines up with the number pi, which has 3.14 as the first three digits.

According to math teacher Karen Fitzsimons, last year was the first year Glenbrook North held  a Pi Day event.

“It’s going to be blocks five through eight, the same as last year, so kids can obviously come during their lunches, but if they have blocks five or eight open they can come then,” Fitzsimons said.

Pi Day will be in the Math Resource Center, and most of the events offered at Pi Day last year will be offered this year as well, with the possibility of a few new events. The competition for who can remember the most digits of pi will happen again this year.

“Most of the competition happens the week before, so what we did was we invited kids to sign up on a Google spreadsheet, and then they came in and recited their digits,” said Fitzsimons. “Two of us judged to make sure we judged fairly, and after everyone came in, then we took the top three and had them come back on Pi Day.”

There will be an announcement with instructions on how to access the spreadsheet.

Sophomore Sarah Burnham said she attended the event during her free period. It was something fun for Burnham to look forward to do with her friends. She did not participate in the competition last year, but she did participate in some of the games offered.

According to Fitzsimons, different sorts of pie will be offered for purchase, as it was many students’ favorite part of Pi Day, including Burnham’s.

“You can learn something and have fun, it is a really laid back atmosphere, there’s music and there is pie,” said Fitzsimons. “It’s a really fun day.”

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Math Department set to host Pi Day events