Students Enjoy Pi Day - Complete with Pie!
Flexing their mathematical muscles, 51 students took part in the celebration of Pi Day by competing in a "Pi-athlon" hosted by the mathematics, computer science and statistics department. Officially, Pi Day is March 14 (3.14), which fell during the University's spring break. So, while the St. Lawrence event was held a few days late, the approximately 150 pieces of pie served throughout the day helped to assuage any feelings of guilt due to tardiness.
A total of 20 teams competed in Piathlon, which challenged them to complete 3.14 events. Choosing from activities that ranged from watching a math movie to Lego creations to Wii bowling, the first-place team - Michael Van Le, Andrew Bruck, Alex Marshall and Norma Heller - completed exactly 3.141592 events, approximating Pi to more than six decimal places.
For more information about the day's events, including a photo gallery, visit the Piathlon Web site, created by Assistant Professor Daniel Look.
Posted: March 25, 2010