Math Students Serve Up A Slice of Pi

To the mathematically inclined, March 14 — or 3/14 — is a day worth celebrating that has nothing to do with a delicious dessert. Not one to ignore a good reason to toast this day is middle school math teacher Eliot Bloomberg.

Pi Day honors the constant value used in math to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, or 3.14. For the past nine years, Bloomberg’s students have stepped up to the proverbial pi plate each March by creating unique projects that explore all things pi.

This year, the sixth and seventh graders’ enthusiasm was evident in the work they turned in: a "World of Pi" travel brochure, a pi clay sculpture, a video with pi history and fun facts, a play about pi, a handmade dress with pi décor, and a variety of other original ideas. Projects were judged on creativity, quality, effort, presentation and audience focus.

“The talent and creativity displayed were amazing,” Bloomberg said. “It's so nice to see the students simultaneously learn, show their hidden talents, and have fun.”
 
Turning to her passion for art, Dara Akinwande ’27 painted an impressionist piece on wood and raised it a notch with the addition of yarn and nails. “Knowing that just drawing the sign wouldn't give me points for creativity or effort, I thought of other ways to show pi and decided to do nail art,” she explained.

Fellow sixth grader Kenneth Kweku ’27 took his interest in Minecraft, the popular 3D sandbox video game, to the next level by creating a Redstone machine, seen here. (Redstone is the Minecraft equivalent of electricity used to create inventions.) “Though the video is under two minutes, it took a lot of time to make and is quite impressive,” Bloomberg added.

Inspired by hibachi-style cooking, Azariah Charles ’26 chose to make a mouthwatering video, seen here. “My project idea was to make a chicken and shrimp stir-fry recipe using the first nine digits of pi. Each ingredient had its own number which represented the measurement,” she said. “It shocked me because it was so delicious and I never even cooked before.”

Annabelle Trahan ’26 also found herself in the kitchen where she whipped up an intricate blueberry pi pie. Though it was one of her “favorite school projects,” making it wasn’t as easy as... pie. “I think the hardest part was making sure my numbers on top didn't fall apart while everything was baking.”
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