Pi Day At HAFTR

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Mrs. Farber with the Pi Challenge winners: 8th-grader Ethan Winkler; 7th-grader Lindsay Kalish; and overall winner, 6th-grader Gabriel Kurlander
Mrs. Farber with the Pi Challenge winners: 8th-grader Ethan Winkler; 7th-grader Lindsay
Kalish; and overall winner, 6th-grader Gabriel Kurlander

Pi Approximation Day was a huge success! The energy of the students was incredible. Thanks to the creativity of the math department, Mrs. Tamara Farber, Mrs. Shuana Weiss, and Ms. Karen DelaFuente, the entire middle school experienced a totally new math experience. Pi Day, March 14 (3.14) fell out on Shabbos, but on Friday, students learned how this well-known math ratio is actually an integral part of our daily life.

Mrs. Farber started off with an introduction about pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter) and even talked about where pi can be found in the Tanach.

Then students formed groups. Each group was given a circular object (example: a can of pineapples) and used a string ruler to measure the circle’s circumference and diameter. Then the group divided the circumference by the diameter to approximate pi. Each group got a close approximation.

After that, they gave out pie (thanks to all the parents who contributed) and had a pi-reciting contest. In sixth grade, the top winner was Gabriel Kurlander, who recited 251 digits of pi. In seventh grade, the top winner was Lindsay Kalish with 178 digits, followed by Jackie Erber with over 137 digits! Gabriel, Lindsay, and Jackie all beat Mrs. Farber who was able to recite “only” 123 digits. In eighth grade, the top winner was Ethan Winkler: 104 digits!

This was a wonderful way to make math come alive for the students while adhering to the state standards. HAFTR is looking forward to more of these exciting, educational experiences for middle-schoolers.

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