Rainbow Student Memorizes 220 Digits of Pi

Rainbow Student Memorizes 220 Digits of Pi

The Number Pi

Do you know about the number pi?

Aside from being the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet – ūĚö∑ – it is also a unique number.

If you take the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, no matter how big or small a circle is, this number is the same. That is, dividing any circumference of a circle by its diameter, you’ll still get the same result: pi.

Before we share the number, we need to explain that it’s an irrational number. Its decimals are infinite. They go on forever, though they do not repeat, such as when you get the decimal form of 2/3: 0.66666666…and on to infinity.

Here are the first 100 digits of pi: 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679

A Pi Day Tradition

Each year in 6th grade Omega, on March 14, students have a “Pi Day” showdown. Students who want to participate in Pi day spend time memorizing as many digits of Pi (after the number 3) as they can.

Students get up and recite them in front of their classmates. Even if they have memorized hundreds of numbers, the added challenge of doing this in front of peers doesn’t guarantee that a person will be able to flawlessly recite their memorized numbers.

Some students memorized the first two digits (ha!). Some memorized 30 digits, 61 digits, 71 digits, 73 digits, 103 digits, and one student kept going…and going…to 220 digits!

Why Memorize Digits of Pi?

It may seem at first glance that memorizing lots of numbers in rapid succession for “rote memorization” isn’t a great use of time. Besides, why do that when you can just search that number on the web?

You might not know about the real benefits of doing an exercise like this.

First, let’s talk numbers.

In 1981, Rajan Mahadevan (of India) correctly recited 31,811 digits of pi. Eight years later, Hideaki Tomoyori (of Japan) would recite 40,000 digits in competition. In 2005, Lu Chao (of China) broke the world record for correctly reciting 67,890 digits of pi.

Impressive, no?

But get this. Those folks don’t have extraordinary memorization powers. Oh, no. It’s strategy.

These people simply learned different methods for effectively memorizing large amounts of information. It’s not hard to see how this would translate to the classroom. By learning how to memorize numbers in various ways, students can apply those skills to memorizing other important information, such as historical dates, social security numbers, drivers license numbers, and more.

They also start to understand their own process of learning and what is most effective.

Memorization Strategies

Mind Palace or The Method of Loci

Basically, this method uses location as a way to trigger the memory. Let’s say someone wants to remember 24 digits. Standing in front of the kitchen sink, for example, they would memorize four or five digits. Then they could move toward the window and memorize a few more, and move again to the couch, then to a door, each time memorizing a few more digits of a number.

To recite the numbers, the person then starts again at the kitchen sink, moves toward the window and retraces the path they first took – essentially moving “through the palace” to visualize and remember the numbers.

Chunking

This method calls for memorizing numbers in smaller chunks. To make it more effective, a person could put them on cards, write them on paper on different lines, or write in names of people and “assign” a chunk of numbers to them.

Major System

This is another memorization technique in which numbers have consonant sounds and memory aids.

In fact, there are many ways to do this! The website The Art of Memory has many different techniques of improving memory skills and resources for learning how to memorize large amounts of information.

Here is a fun video on “How to Memorize Pi the Easiest Way Possible” by Memorize Academy:

At the very least, anyone looking up resources to memorize pi naturally gains research skills and cognitive reasoning skills to sift through all the information!

It’s More Than A Friendly Competition

Students who choose to get up and recite these numbers face some challenges. It’s not easy getting up in front of peers. But at Rainbow, teachers and students spend time on developing the “whole child,” and this includes developing those empathy skills that allow students to be supportive of each other as they go up and present in front of the class.

Everyone received an applause, a little hedgehog sticker for participation and support from classmates.

Then They Ate Pi…Er…Pie!

Though Rainbow has a policy on not eating sugar during the day, teachers will make exceptions for special occasions. This was definitely a special occasion: not eating pie on pi day amounts to…mathematical error.

Instead of regular pie, however, Jenny, our 6th grade teacher, got “cookie pie” as it was easier to transport. What would a celebration be without 3.14 candles?

We’re not sure which memorization method students used, but one thing is for sure: students learned about how they learn, and figured out different memorization techniques.

Flashback Bowling Fundraiser

Flashback Bowling Fundraiser

Have Fun, Go Bowling, and Help Omega At the Same Time

Every year, Omega students go on an end-of-year trip. In the spirit of making sure every student has the opportunity to participate, Omega parents are hosting a bowling night, with all proceeds going toward the trip. What does that mean? Get your bowling gear ready, gather some friends, grab those 80s clothes hanging in your closet, and get ready to roll…a bowling ball.

Flashback Bowling

Details: Join us for an ’80s themed evening! You can register individually or with a team, dress up in your favorite ’80s costume and you’ll have the opportunity to win different prizes for the best-dressed team and the best bowling score. We’ll also have a silent auction

Date: February 23, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cost: $25 per person. Price includes cost of bowling, rental shoes, a beverage, and a raffle ticket. This event is for folks age 21 and up.

Sign up by filling out this form and registering your team! Please note: only one person can register a team.

Flashback Bowling Fundraiser

Bowling fundraiser for Omega End-of-Year Trip
  • If you would like to be part of a team, we'll do our best to get you on the team you'd like to be with. Please indicate the other folks' names with whom you'd like to form a team.
  • Please fill in your best email address
  • Please enter the best phone number to contact you
  • Price: $25.00
    If you would like to contribute an extra dollar amount to the fundraiser, we would be most grateful!
  • $0.00
    Once you register, no refunds can be given.


Teachers and RCS Staff – Register Here!

Flashback Bowling - RCS Staff

Bowling fundraiser for Omega End-of-Year Trip
  • If you would like to be part of a team, we'll do our best to get you on the team you'd like to be with. Please indicate the other folks' names with whom you'd like to form a team.
  • Please fill in your best email address
  • Please enter the best phone number to contact you
  • Price: $10.00
  • $0.00
    Once you register, no refunds can be given.

Science Fair 2017

Science Fair 2017

Join us on Friday, February 10th, to delve into the scientific explorations created by our ever-curious students. Every year Rainbow students spend the winter months preparing for the Annual Science Fair in February. They make hypothesis, design surveys, research technologies, analyse data, and draw their scientific conclusions. Topics range from local to global, technical to theoretical. Bring your family and friends along for this incredible day of scientific inquiry!

Please check the schedule below to know when each grade is presenting their projects. Most grades present more than once. Each grade will be hosting their guests in their own classrooms. If you have any questions, Kate at the front desk in the main office can help guide you to the correct classroom. We hope to see you there!
9:30-10:00             Grades: 2, Omega A, Omega B

10:20-10:50           Grades: 5, 6, 4, 3, 2

10:50-11:20           Grades: 3, 4, 5

11:20 -11:50          Grades: 6, Omega A, Omega B

1:00-1:30               Grades: 1, 4, 5

1:30-2:00               Grade: 3

2:00-2:30               Grade: Omega A / B

2nd Annual More Than Mindfulness Conference

2nd Annual More Than Mindfulness Conference

SAVE the DATE! Join Rainbow Institute and Rainbow Community School staff, faculty and students on October 6th and 7th for the 2nd Annual More the Mindfulness Conference, in conjunction with our 40 year Alumni Party. Click here to learn more and to register for the event!

Elementary and Middle School Open House 2-15-2017

Elementary and Middle School Open House 2-15-2017

Asheville, North Carolina, Rainbow Community School (RCS) will hold an Open House on Wednesday, February 15 from 4-6 pm. The open house is free and open to the public and will feature the elementary and middle school programs at RCS. This event will provide an excellent chance for anyone considering enrolling in the 2017-218 school year to find out if RCS is the right fit for you and your family.

‚ÄúThis event offers a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in exploring alternative approaches to education. RCS has, for over 40 years. mastered the art of holistic education. However, the true magic of RCS‚Äôs holistic educational approach cannot be described but rather experienced first hand,‚ÄĚ said West Willmore, Curriculum Director at RCS. ‚ÄúPlease come check us out!‚ÄĚ

During your visit, classrooms will be open for viewing, many staff and faculty members will be available to help answer questions. You will also meet other community members, tour our unique 5-acre urban campus, and explore various student artifacts.

For more information please contact the Admissions Director, Sheila Mraz at

Sheila.mraz@rainbowlearning.org

SHINE! The Annual Talent Show

SHINE! The Annual Talent Show

Rainbow’s annual SHINE! Talent Show is coming up, on Thursday, Feb 23rd from 5-8pm! Children of all ages can give a three minute performance to show off their talents to our Rainbow Community. This is always a super fun and special event where we get to watch our creative kids shine!

Timing and Dinner Details:
Starting 5pm, pizza (regular and gluten free) will be available to purchase for $3/slice in the 6th grade class room. There will be salads available donated by parent council. The show will start in the auditorium, at 60 State Street, promptly at 5:30pm with a 30min intermission starting at 6:30pm. Pizza will also be served during intermission.

How to Sign Your Child Up to Perform:
We have approximately 30 time slots available for performances. 5:30-6pm will initially be reserved for the younger children in Pre-K and K. Contact Kate Chassner at info@rainbowlearning.org to sign up your child and for more information.