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Work as team. Solve problems. Celebrate mathematics.

The Pi Day Mathematics Competition is an opportunity for secondary students in Qatar’s independent and private schools to explore the fun side of mathematics. The first CMU-Q Pi Day Mathematics Competition took place in 2016, hosting 250 students from more than 50 schools.

Next session: February 24, 2018 (Preliminary Round), March 17, 2018 (Final Round)


About 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, the day March 14 (written as 3/14 in the month/date format) is celebrated in several countries as Pi Day. The main objective of these celebrations is to highlight the importance of π and have some fun doing mathematics. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar will host a Pi Day celebration by organizing a mathematics competition for high school students. The goal of this competition is to enhance awareness of and interest in mathematics in the high school communities in Qatar.

The Competition

Teams of 4 students each will compete against each other in two rounds of mathematical problem solving. The preliminary round will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The top four teams will then advance to the final round, which will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The venue for both events will be the Carnegie Mellon University Qatar campus in Education City.


Any high school student in the State of Qatar is eligible to participate. See rules and regulations for more detail. The registration deadline is Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Rules and Regulations

Please read the CMU-Q Pi Day mathematics competition rules and regulations before entering the competition.

Important Dates (Tentative):

  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 29, 2017
  • Preliminary Round: Saturday, February 25, 2017
  • Results of the Preliminary Round (via e-mail to Finalists): Thursday, March 2, 2017
  • Final Round: Saturday, March 18, 2017.




Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all participants in the preliminary round. Moreover prestigious awards will be given to the finalists.


Questions about Pi Day?

Please contact Professor Hasan Demirkoparan (hasand@qatar.cmu.edu) or Prof. Zelealem Yilma (zyilma@qatar.cmu.edu).

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