AoPS Update: Pi Day, Math Contests, and New Classes Starting

March 11, 2019

Math Events This Week

Celebrate all things math this week with Pi Day on March 14!

If you write your dates in the month/day format, 3/14 is the day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi. Math lovers all over the world have been celebrating Pi Day since 1988, when physicist Larry Shaw of the San Francisco Exploratorium led visitors and colleagues on a march through the museum’s circular spaces, and ate slices of pie afterward.

How should you celebrate Pi Day? It’s a personal decision, but many people agree that eating pie, throwing pies, and doing some math are all great choices. Plus, it also happens to be Albert Einstein’s 140th birthday.

Picture of a strawberry pie in celebration of Pi Day on March 14.

Spotlight on Contests

The American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) I takes place this week. Only those who scored 100 or better on the AMC 12, or 120 or better on the AMC 10, are invited to take the AIME. Learn more about qualifying for the AIME, the rules, and other details at the Mathematical Association of America’s website.


MATHCOUNTS State Competitions are underway this month! These competitions determine which four contestants go on to compete in the National competition, which takes place in May. Information about local or state competitions can be found on the MATHCOUNTS website.


The first of the North South Foundation (NSF) regional contests for 2019 will take place this weekend as well. Chapters are responsible for setting up their calendars and specific contest dates; additional details can be found at the NSF website.


The next Purple Comet! Math Meet takes place April 2 – April 11, 2019.  This free online contest is open to teams of middle and high school students around the world.


Rocket City Math League‘s Round 3 starts this week, and runs through to the end of the month. Good luck to everyone competing!

What’s New At AoPS

We have several Math Jams scheduled for the next two weeks!

  • 2019 AIME I Discussion, March 15 (7 pm ET/4 pm PT)
  • MathILy and MathILy-Er Math Jam: Views of the N-Cube, March 18 (7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT)
  • AwesomeMath Summer Program, March 22 (7:30 pm ET/4:30pm PT)
  • 2019 AIME II Discussion, March 23 (7 pm ET/4 pm PT)

Not sure what a Math Jam is, or if you’d like to participate? You can learn more about what they are, and what each Math Jam will be about, on the Math Jam info page.


We also have several classes starting in the next two weeks:

See the full class schedule at AoPS Online for additional classes starting this spring.


New in AoPS News: Why Getting 100% on Everything is Setting Gifted Students Up to Fail.

Coming Soon to Beast Academy:

Video lessons for Grades 3-5 will be available in Beast Academy Online in April!

Lessons for Grade 2 are in the works, and are expected to be added this summer.

A Moment of Mathematical Bliss:

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