Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th around the world. As part of annual tradition at THIS, the school hosts a Pi Day math competition to share our appreciation for the studies of mathematics and to allow students to experience it in a fun way.
This year, more students from the secondary school participated in the event than ever before. The math teachers worked hard planning for this event. It was to assemble challenging and interesting topics and activities, just like chefs preparing delicious meals for their guests.
The Pi Day Competition had four sessions. The first one was an individual competition divided by junior high and senior high school. In this session, everyone was highly focused and concentrated trying their best to solve a challenging problem.
The rest of the three sessions were in the form of groups. Students long coordinated with their classmates and friends to form teams of four. Next, it was time for each group to build the tallest tower possible using toothpicks and glue in five minutes. Each group used their creativity and hands-on skills to build towers – all of different shapes. The tallest one was over 60 cm high!
The third session was group competition with students working together to solve problems. Unlike the quiet atmosphere of the individual competition, the group members worked and discussed together, either through friendly exchange or through heated debate.
The last session was the fast-paced lightening round. The atmosphere of this round was the most enthusiastic, a round of speed and passion. Each group was given one question at a time and only with the correct answer was given the next question. All teams finished the two-hour Pi Day competition after 20 minutes.
Afterwards, everyone shared delicious fruit snacks and pizza pies. After all, it was Pi Day after all!
It felt awesome working with teammates as we could learn from each other’s thinking. My favorite part was the bananas and the oranges after the math problems and I really enjoyed the bananas. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Collaboration is essential in Mathematics and is an important experience. The building round emphasized an essential element of math: creativity. Through learning and admiration of the winner’s building, I was amazed and surprised of their creativity and cleverness in making the building.
One of the most memorable scenes on Pi Day was a group of 9th grade girls during lightening round. The problems were challenging, especially for new high schoolers, but they did not give up. After solving a problem correctly, I saw them clapping hands, and giving each high fives while sharing cheerful laughter. Solving a hard math problem provides an unparalleled sense of accomplishment, but sharing it with your best friends is just a whole other level! What we want the students to experience on Pi Day is instead of being the lone maverick, is how the collaborative effort can challenge them to new heights.
—— Yuqing Long, Math teacher
文字 Writing | Qin Jing
排版 Editing | Mercy Xu
图片 Pictures | THIS teachers，studio 35
审核 Auditing | Dieu-Anh Nguyen, Toni Dong, Wenping Li