The Pi Day Mathematics Competition is an opportunity for secondary/ high school students in Qatar to explore the fun side of mathematics. Teams of four students compete in two rounds of mathematical problem solving. The preliminary round will determine the top four teams. The top four teams advance to the final round.

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What is Pi Day?

The ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is an irrational number denoted by the Greek letter π and commonly approximated as 3.14. Every year, mathematics enthusiasts all over the world celebrate March 14 (written as 3/14 in the month/date format) as Pi Day.

The annual competition at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar challenges high school students to practice their math skills, work in teams, and find creative approaches to solve puzzling problems.

Rules and Regulations

  • Teams of four students compete in two rounds of mathematical problem solving.
  • A school may register only one team for the competition.
  • The preliminary round will determine the top four teams and the top four teams advance to the final round.
  • The venue for both events is the Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar campus in Education City.

Teams and Registration

  • All teams must have exactly four students and one faculty/staff team advisor. All students on a team must attend the same school.
  • No student can be a member of two or more teams. It is not possible to substitute or exchange team members at any stage of the competition.
  • A school may register only one team for the competition.
  • All applications must be submitted in English.
  • The faculty/staff advisor will be responsible for registering the team and for all prior and subsequent communication with organizers.
  • To register a team, please fill out the application form.
  • The registration deadline is early February, and application decisions will be sent out via e-mail in February.

Format of the Competition

  • The competition will consist of two rounds: a Preliminary round in February 2024 and a Final round in March 2024.
  • Both rounds of the competition will be conducted in English yet Arabic translations will also be available.
  • The mathematical content of the competition will be consistent with the topics listed in the Curriculum Standards for grades 9-11 as set by the Supreme Education Council.

Preliminary Round

  • The Preliminary round will be held in February at the Carnegie Mellon University Qatar campus in Education City.
  • Contestants are requested to arrive one hour before the start of the competition.
  • The preliminary round will be a written test. Teams will be given 90 minutes to complete a set of 40 questions of varying difficulty.
  • A question booklet (in English and Arabic) and an answer sheet will be provided to each team. Team members may work on different problems; however, each team may submit only one answer sheet.
  • There will be a penalty for incorrect answers: ¼ of the respective points will be deducted from the overall total points.
  • Calculators are not allowed during the competition.
  • Formula sheets are not permitted during the competition.
  • The top 4 teams from the preliminary round will advance to the final round. In case of a tie, decisions will be made by a random draw.
  • The finalists will be contacted by email in February.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.

Final Round

  • The Final round will be held in March at the Carnegie Mellon University Qatar campus in Education City.
  • Contestants are required to arrive one hour before the competition start time.
  • The Final round will be held in a “Quiz Bowl” format.
  • In case of a tie, tiebreaker questions will be used and the first team to answer correctly will win.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.

Prizes

  • Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all participants of the  Preliminary round immediately after the completion of the round.
  • More prestigious prizes will be awarded to finalists at an award ceremony to be held immediately after the completion of the Final round.

Past Pi Day Finalist and Winners

2023 RESULTS

  • First place
    • DPS Modern Indian School: Azhar Jaleel Muhammed, Kamali Ramesh, Himanshu Gupta, Ritvik Vardhan, Reddy Kanjula, Mentor: Umashankar Sambara
  • Second place
    • DPS Modern Indian School: Ajay Sharma Sambara, Aritra Ghosh, Geetika Yalamanchili, Theertha Aravind, Mentor: Umashankar Sambara
  • Third place
    • DPS Monarch International School: Saachi Dhadwal, Devika Kundathil Anoop, Akshit Palamthody, Vihaan Pradeep, Mentor: Ajeth Moolayil
  • Fourth Place
    • Qatar International School: Saif Elbieba, Harits Faizan, Alif Naufal, Rayyan Rizwan, Mentor: Samantha Donaghey

Results 2019

  • First place
    • American School of Doha: Andrew Awada, Ishwar Karthik, Aditya Kumaran, Mayank Kumaran, Fernando Perez (mentor)
  • Second place
    • DPS Modern Indian School: Johanna Jose, Sarthak Modi, Sankalpa Raymondal, Sreedev Sreekumar, Umashankar Sambara (mentor)
  • Third place
    • DPS Modern Indian School: Ishaq Ansari, Yaqoob Ansari, Aakash Jain, Anshuman Roy, Umashankar Sambara (mentor)
  • Fourth Place
    • Qatar Academy: Maytham Haji, Ziad Khattab, Juntae Park, Venika Vachani, Jason Maraku (mentor), Zeina Jawad (mentor)

Results 2018

  • First place
    • Delhi Public School: Aakash Jain, Abhimanyu Sanjay Kumar, Ishaq Ansari, Yaqoob Ansari
  • Second place
    • American School of Doha: Ishwar Khartik, Sienna Whiteley, Sarah Thomas, Sana Karnik
  • Third place
    • International School of Choueifat: Mohammed Khalid, Omar Murad, Obai Darwish, Raghad El Ghali
  • Fourth Place
    • Birla Public School: Hrisheekesh Rajeez Kumar, Vijairam Ganesh Moorthy, Khushi Jha, Amil Rajesh

Results 2017

  • First place
    • DPS Modern Indian School: Nikil Roashan Selvam, Prithviraj RaY, Shrvan Rajendra Warke, Jiten Vijaykumar Dhandha
  • Second place
    • Qatar Academy Doha: Tanya Shibu, Usama Usman, Yoojin Kim, Bader Hijji
  • Third place
    • International School of Choueifat: Asra Suhail, Raneem Basheer, Layan Al Huneidi, Syed Mohammad Jalil
  • Fourth place:
    • DPS Modern Indian School: Ahmed Raza, Muhammad Hamzah, Mohammad Yaqoob Ansari, Mohammad Ishaq Ansari

Results 2016

  • First place
    • International School of London: Abdulla Al Rumaihi, Ali Abdeen, Dongwon Nam, GaEun Heo
  • Second place
    • Tariq Bin Ziad Boys School: Mohamed Hafez Norulahaq, Ahmed Jamal Hamdi, Muath Omer Ahmed, Mohamed Mash-hor Talhami
  • Third place:
    • Doha College: Meshaal Kirmani, Hyemin Kim, Jun Hyeong Park, Tahmeed Shafiq
  • Fourth place:
    • Doha College: Khashim Haider, Rohan Suresh, Matias Huber, Abdel Rahman Osman

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