Mansfield celebrates Pi Day

Mansfield juniors Inessa Martin and Suzanne Vargas construct a Pi chain during Pi Day March 14. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

 

By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Is it cake or is it Pi?

Pi Day treats provided by Renee Bayless for the Mansfield School math classroom March 14. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Students at Mansfield School on March 14 found that math could be made fun. Math teacher Ric Bayless and his wife Renee teamed up to celebrate Pi Day with math games, Pi quizzes, songs, and Pi competitions.

Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1 and 4 are the first three significant digits of Pi.

The celebration has become a much anticipated event for students and staff at the school.

“We’ve been doing this since 2011, and we all look forward to it,” Ric Bayless said.

Renee Bayless baked a variety of cakes, pies and cupcakes, and a jello mold in the shape of the symbol Pi.

“It’s become a tradition, and our students and staff look forward to it each year just as much as we do,” Bayless said. “I enjoy baking homemade goodies, and what better way to learn math then with goodies.”

Pi is a mathematical construct that allowed mathematicians a way to measure circumference and diameter.

“Anything that is round has to include Pi as its construct,” Ric Bayless said.

“The value represented by the symbol [Pi], has puzzled mathematicians for nearly four thousand years, generating more interest, consuming more brain power, and filling more waste baskets with discarded theories than any other single number … you will never find an exact value for [Pi],” according to David Blatner’s “The Joy of Pi.”

Throughout the day, students from all grades attempted to beat the reigning champion from 2015 — Austin Hessman’s impressive recitation of 131 correct numerals in the Pi challenge. At the end of the day, Hessman still reigned supreme after recalling 77 digits successfully.

At the Pi Monopoly game, the object was “more numbers more treats,” junior O’Rion Smith said.

Juniors Suzanne Vargas and Inessa Martin kept busy constructing a Pi chain, while a Pi puzzle and Pi songs kept the students busy tapping their feet and engaged in all things Pi.

At the end of the day Ric Bayless concluded, “Pi Day has become a Mansfield tradition for us and I like having traditions, especially math traditions that the kids look forward to each year. It’s a lot of fun for all of us.”