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Math Students Celebrate Pi Day
Posted 03/18/2019 02:48PM

Math students celebrated the school's 26th annual Pi Day on Thursday, March 14. Math Department Chair, Mrs. Christine McManus helped plan many activities to commemorate the day.

One such activity is the 'Bridge Building' contest for math students. (Pi is used in most calculations for building and construction, air travel and space flight, to name a few.) "Every junior participates in this project regardless of what math class they are in," informed Math instructor, Mr. Don Krystof. "They form groups of 2 or 3 and build a bridge out of 30 straws and a 3" by 22" strip of poster board. The bridge must span 19" and hold as much weight as possible." Mr. Krystof added that the bridges must hold the weight for 3 seconds in order for it to count.

This year the winning team's bridge held 2,600 grams. The team consisted of juniors, Jimmy Porada, Rocco Catalano and Sarah Gaffney. (The record for holding the most weight of 6,000 grams remains with Gianna LoVerde and Desiree Hill from Montini's Class of 2016!)

Pi Day is a day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π) (and to some, to eat lots of pie). Celebrated in countries that follow the month/day (m/dd) date format, because the digits in the date, March 14 or 3/14, are the first three digits of π (3.14), Pi Day was founded by Physicist Larry Shaw in 1988.

Photo above: Rocco Catalano and Sarah Gaffney display the winning bridge of the day.

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