QHS teacher celebrates Pi Day with fun video and an unusal math lesson

QHS student Tony Tyler uses a ruler to measure a box of brownies Thursday in math teacher Ben Dombroski's geometry class as part of a Pi Day celebration. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)
Posted: Mar. 14, 2013 3:25 pm Updated: Mar. 28, 2013 4:15 pm

Quincy High School math teacher Ben Dombroski used his creativity to celebrate Pi Day with students on Thursday.

Pi Day is celebrated each year on March 14 in recognition of the mathematical constant Pi. It's observed on that date because 3, 1 and 4 are the three most significant figures of Pi in the decimal form.

Dombroski used a charity project as a teaching moment. His classes collected more than 300 items of non-perishable food to donate to local food pantries, and he then asked students to calculate the surface area and volume of the donated items.

Dombroski treated the students to a lunch of pizza and other baked goods.

He also paid tribute to Pi Day by making a fun video, filmed at various Quincy locations. Dombroski gave The Herald-Whig permission to publish his video.

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