Posted on March 28, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) has announced the results of its third annual Pi Day Math Contest. A team of four students from the Delhi Public School took top honors in the competition, which encourages participants to explore the fun side of mathematics. The members of the winning team were Aakash Jain, Abhimanyu Sanjay Kumar, Ishaq Ansari and Yaqoob Ansari.

The American School in Doha team took second place, with participants from the International School of Choueifat taking third, and the Birla Public School team placing fourth. Al Khaliji bank sponsored the event and provided prizes to all winning teams. Fahad Al Khalifa, Group Chief Executive Officer at al khaliji, commented: “In the area of banking and finance, a solid foundation in mathematics is crucial, as it is in many other fields. When young people are excited about mathematics, a world of opportunities opens up to them.”

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A field of 90 teams from 67 different schools in Qatar competed in the preliminary round, with the four top teams advancing to the finals. Hasan Demirkoparan, associate teaching professor of mathematics at CMU-Q and a Pi Day organizer, remarked: “The purpose of the Pi Day Competition is to get schools and students excited about mathematics, and to give talented students an opportunity to shine. This year we were delighted with the level of competition.” Fellow organizer Zelealem Yilma, assistant teaching professor of mathematics, CMU-Q, commented on the importance of the relationship with the school mentors: “We want to interact with the mentors and be a resource to them as they prepare students for college-level mathematics.”

Pi Day is embraced by mathematicians and educators worldwide as an opportunity to celebrate and encourage learning in mathematics. Pi is the symbol π, which represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, or approximately 3.14. Pi Day falls on March 14, or 3/14.