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Pi Day Makes the Grade
Calculus Roundtable recently celebrated its 6th Annual Pi Day event, bringing together students and STEM mentors of color from science giants like NASA, Illumina, Bio-Rad, Bristol Myers Squibb, and UC Berkeley, to name a few. The event took place on March 14th and saw over 3,000 participating students and teachers across the Bay Area - a significant increase from last year's turnout.
The highlight of the event was the Pi reciting contest, which involved students from elementary, middle, and high school divisions competing to recite the number to the largest digit. The Elementary School division winner, Nandan Saladi from Fremont's Ardenwood Elementary, left everyone awe-struck as he recited Pi to the 535th digit, showcasing his incredible memory and love for mathematics.
But, Pi Day wasn't just about reciting numbers. Students also participated in various math and science activities, including games, prizes, and celebrations, all aimed at strengthening their interest in STEM fields. It was an excellent opportunity for them to learn from different mentors and explore the world of math and science through fun, engaging activities.
Part of the New Profits EERI Cohort, Calculus Roundtable is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving math and science outcomes for students, particularly those from underrepresented populations. The enthusiastic participation in the Pi Day event is a testament to their efforts and their commitment to building students' love for math and science.” Said Adrenwood’s principal, Glynis Mason “It is heartening to see such events taking place, promoting learning through fun and games, and fostering a deeper appreciation for STEM subjects.”
“By bringing together students, teachers, and mentors from diverse backgrounds together”, Says Executive Director Jim Hollis,” “We can broaden student participation in math and scientific discussions from a spectrum of issues that will face them as citizens of tomorrow. Leaning into STEM-related activities for all students is critical for building a more inclusive and equitable society.”
With more students participating in this year's event than ever before, it is clear that Calculus Roundtable's efforts are having a positive impact on students' interest and engagement in math and science.