Pi Day celebration makes math fun for Madison elementary schoolers

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - March 14, 2015 was more than just a Saturday at Bob Jones High.

"It's the National Day of Pi," said Heritage Elementary third grader Sam Townsend. "I mean...pies are awesome!"

The second annual Math-a-palooza and Pi Day celebration brought hundreds of Madison Schools' third- through- sixth graders to the school for Pi themed activities.

But the year was just as important as the actual date.

"This year is falling on a special day because its 3.1415, and it's 2015, and that only happens once in a century," explained Victoria Van, co-captain of the Bob Jones Math Team that hosted this year's event.

"I remember last years Math-a-palooza, this year is a lot bigger," said Duke Yeom, a sixth grader at Heritage, who plans to compete nationally when he gets older. "I've always liked doing math. I'm really good at it"

The day saw Pi jeopardy, a Pi poster contest, all while people were looking for -- well -- pie.

"I want to eat pies but if I threw them that would be wasting them," said Townsend.

Other competitors didn't seem to agree, who forced pies into the faces of BJHS Math Team members after a math test that kicked off the morning.

Some parents took the test too, just to prove their smarts, and some parents admitted they couldn't keep up with their kids.

But all of the parents are happy to see the children so engaged, even if it means throwing pie.

"To get the kids interest, I think it's lighthearted enough while still competitive," said parent Steve Lessmann. "It really brings everyone together and they want to be here."

Naturally there were oatmeal creme pies and pizza pies for the taking, but the only actual pies at the event were prizes for the day's competitions.

"My son has a passion for math and to have an event like this when he can come and get exposed to competition at this young age, just fuels that passion for growth in the future," said Lessmann.

That growth is the point -- and fitting for the area.

"We want more students to join math team because it is STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and we want to promote STEM, especially in the Huntsville area," said Van.

It seems like its working for the hundreds excited about pies, math, and, of course, Pi.

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