To celebrate Pi Day, middle school math teacher Lee Tempkin challenged the middle schoolers to memorize as many digits of pi as they could. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders competed against one another and class champions were named. On Monday, the first, second, and third place finishers in each class went head to head. Memorizing pi teaches the importance of perserverance and effort; it also helps teach students about chunking, a strategy for learning random sequences of things. Sixth grader Zev S. was crowned the champion (he successfully recited 91 digits of pi!), sixth grader Cali K. took second place, and eighth grader Sophie Y. rounded out the top 3. Following the competition, all middle schoolers enjoyed pies that were brought in to celebrate the day.
"I love the idea that sixth graders can beat eighth graders, and middle school students can beat adults. [With a challenge like this] age is not a significant quality to have in any way; anyone can compete," says Mr. Tempkin. MORE PHOTOS