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  1. 1. Fourteenth Annual π (Pi) Day Contest and Exhibition Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus Mathematics Department April 9th, 2011Enter the Third annual π (Pi) Day Contest and Exhibition hosted at Suffolk CountyCommunity College’s Grant Campus. This contest is jointly sponsored by the GrantCampus Mathematics Department of Suffolk County Community College, the MathMuseum, Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors, Nassau CountyMathematics Teachers Association and Suffolk County Mathematics TeachersAssociation. The contest is built on a model developed by Bruce Waldner, Coordinatorof Mathematics K-12 for the Syosset Central School District and President of the NewYork State Association of Mathematics Supervisors.What is π (Pi) Day?π (Pi) Day occurs on March 14 (that is , 3/14) and honors the special number 3.14… Thepurpose of the day is to foster creativity in and the enjoyment of mathematics. π (Pi) Dayencourages students to participate in mathematics in imaginative, alternative ways.Schools are encouraged to celebrate π (Pi) Day in their own way, including participationin the π (Pi) Day contest which concludes with an exhibition of the entrants’ work from 2PM to 5 PM on April 9, 2011 in the Health, Sports, Education/Convention Center.Directions are included in this announcement package.What is the contest’s theme?This year’s theme is Mathematical Connections. Since math is involved in some waywith many different fields, contest entries must be developed in context of an area ofstudy such as art, language, technology, music, the humanities and, of course,mathematics.Who is eligible to enter the contest?Students at various levels of learning are encouraged to participate. Each category willbe judged according to one of the four grade divisions:Intermediate (I): Grades 4 – 5 Middle School (M): Grades 6 – 8
  2. 2. High School (H): Grades 9 -12 College (C): Undergraduate levelsHow can you participate?You may enter as an individual or as a group through your school. Create one or moreprojects from any of the following three categories:Posters TessellationsGeometric Models PoetryMath Board Games Computer Generated Art: Tessellations and FractalsYour projects must be submitted to: Professor Andrea Blum, Mathematics Department,Grant Campus, Suffolk Community College, Health, Sports, Education/ConventionCenter, Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, New York 11717-1092. Entries may besubmitted from March 28th to April 1st 2011. Along with your project(s) a typed list ofproject entries must be submitted listing, the student’s first name, last name, gradedivision, and project category. Each project must be accompanied by two copies of theattached entry form signed by the student, parent, and, if it is sent as part of a school’sentries, the sponsoring teacher’s signature. One copy must be attached to the project andthe other attached to the list of all entries submitted.What are the contest’s guidelines?Poster Contest: Subject must be related to the theme, “Mathematical Connections” Must say “Pi Day 2011” somewhere on the poster. Maximum size is 22” x 28”. All media will be considered.Geometric ModelContest: A model of one of the five Platonic Solids or one of the thirteen Archimedean Solids, Toroids for high school Calculus students a Solid of Revolution for Calculus. Judging criteria will include creative design and intricacy of the model. Students are encouraged to incorporate these models in creative combination/sculpture. Maximum size is 2’ x 2’ x 2’. For inspiration you may wish to check out the Pavilion of Polyhedreality, Create your own tessellation, put this design on a poster, and submit it along with a template. Maximum size 22” x 28” including mounting on a tagboard.Math Board GamesContest: Create your own math strategy game. Include instructions. Games must be packaged in a sturdy box. Maximum size
  3. 3. is 2’x2’x2’. Decorate your sturdy box with an advertisement for your game. Maximum size is 2’x2’x2’. Loose parts must be packaged in an appropriate sized box and labeled.PoetryContest: Poetry related to the theme “Mathematical Connections”, may be written in rhyme or blank verse. Entries must be typed on 8 ½” by 11” paper. They should not be mounted.Computer Generated Art: Tessellations and FractalsContest: Create artwork by using a computer, including computer software. Projects may include but will not be limited to tessellations and fractals. Maximum size 22” x 28” including mounting on a tagboard.How do I enter the contest?All entries must be accompanied by TWO official entry forms (photocopies arepermitted), which must be filled out completely. One copy must be attached to theproject and the other attached to a typed list of all entries submitted that lists the studentsfirst name, last name, grade division, and project category. Entries without such formswill not be judged. For safety of the students entering the contest, home informationwill not be disclosed during the display of their work. All projects must follow thecontest guidelines and those that do not will be disqualified from the contest and willnot be displayed with the other projects.Registration:Schools must submit a $25.00 registration fee plus $5.00 for each entry submitted (groupprojects will count as one entry). Check should be made payable to Treasurer, NCAMS.Individual entries may be submitted from students whose schools are not participating.The registration fee for such an individual is $10.00 for one entry, plus an additional$5.00 for each additional entry by the same individual.JudgingJudging of entries will take place prior to the exhibition. Pi Day Judges use thepreviously outlined criteria and consider spelling, grammar and neatness of presentation.Entries that do not follow the rules for a specific category may be disqualified. Anycategory with less than 5 entries may be combined with any other category for judgingpurposes. Any category with more than 25 entries may be divided into 2 sub-categorieswith separate awards given. All acceptable entries will be on display on Saturday, April9th 2011 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. in the Health, Sports, Education/ConventionCenter, Mathematics Department, Grant Campus, Suffolk Community College, CrookedHill Road, Brentwood, New York 11717-1092.Return of Entries at the End of the Exhibit
  4. 4. Entries may be claimed by the entrants, parents, or their teacher on Saturday, April 9th 2011, no earlier than 4:00 P.M and no later than 4:30 P.M. Those unable to pick up their exhibits on that date should make arrangements to pick them up from Monday to Wednesday, April 11- 13, from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.. Please call Andrea Blum at 631-851-6913 ahead of time so that the proper arrangements can be made. Entries not claimed by 5:00 P.M., Wednesday April 16 will be discarded. Suffolk Community College and any of the listed sponsors are not liable for damages to projects during this exposition. Awards Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all entrants. Certificates will be mailed to the principal of the entrant’s school after the exhibit unless a sponsoring teacher from the school picks up these certificates during the exhibit. A token prize will be awarded to first place winners in each grade level division for each contest category. During the exhibition, a celebration in honor of all the entrants will take place at 3:14 P.M. on April 9th. At that time, a ceremonial pie cutting will be held with refreshments. Who is Involved? This contest has been endorsed by: Association of Teachers of Mathematics of New York City Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Association Suffolk County Mathematics Teachers Association United Federation of Teachers, Mathematics Teachers Committee The Math Museum SUMMARY OF DATESLast date for Receipt of Entries (NO EXCEPTIONS) Friday, April 1st , 2011Include all the entry material as described in the 5:00 P.M.preceding paragraphs, signed applications (2 copies),typed list of all entries, and the registration check.π (Pi) Day Exhibition Saturday, April 9th , 2011Held at the Health, Sports, Education/Convention Center 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.Mathematics Department, Grant Campus,Suffolk Community College,Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, New York 11717-1092Entry Returns Saturday, April 9th, 2011Entries may be claimed by an entrant, parent, or teacher 4:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday to Wednesday, April 11 -13 2011, 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. SCCC PI DAY 2011 CONTACT PERSON: Andrea Blum Grant Campus Math Department 631-851-6913
  5. 5. Health Sports and EducationThe Grant Campus, Brentwood:The Health, Sports, Education/Convention CenterFrom the east or west take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 53.Follow signs to Wicks Road.Go south ½ mile on Wicks Road to campus entrance on right-hand side.Proceed to building M on the above map. The best parking is available inlot 5.
  6. 6. OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM 2011 π (Pi) Day Contest and Exhibition Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus Mathematics DepartmentYOU MUST SUBMIT TWO COMPLETED COPIES OF THIS FORM. PLEASEPRINT OR TYPE.Send to: Andrea Blum, Mathematics Department, Grant Campus, Suffolk Community College, Health,Sports, Education/Convention Center, Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, New York 11717-1092.• Additional forms and information may be downloaded from• Wherever possible, tape one copy of the application to back of entry.• A typed list of project entries listing, the student’s first name, last name, grade division, and project category.• Check payable to Treasurer, NCAMS to cover registration fees must accompany entries.• Deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, April 1, 2011 at 5 P.M.ENTRY: Please check one: _______________ Individual ________________ Group (Please attach additional names to both copies of the application) GRADE DIVISION : Circle One Intermediate (4-5) Middle School (6-8) High School (9 -12) College (Undergraduate)Category: (Choose one category only)______ Poster _____ Tesselation _____ Geometric Model _____ Poetry ____ Math Game _____ Computer Generated ArtPLEASE PRINT CLEARLY or TypeStudent’s Name ________________________ Teacher’s Name Dr. Mr. Ms. ____________________Make certain to attach names of all group members.Grade _______ Age ________ Teacher’s E-mail __________________@_________Home Address __________________________ Principal’s Name Dr. Mr. Ms._________________________________________________________ School (FULL NAME)_________________________City ______________ State ____Zip ________ School Address_______________________________Telephone (_____) _______________________ City ______________ State ____Zip ________E-Mail __________________@_________ School Telephone (_____) ________________I (we) affirm that this is my own original work. I grant Suffolk Community College or any of the listed sponsors of this contest permission to use my workin ways deemed appropriate (web-site postings, postcards, notecards, publications, T-shirts, mugs, etc.). I also agree to allow my work to be displayedduring the scheduled exhibit as outlined in the contest rules. Submission of work constitutes acceptance of the above conditions. Suffolk CommunityCollege and Pi Day sponsors can make no guarantee against damage or loss of entrant’s property. I understand that entries not picked up according to therules of this contest by Wednesday, may 14 will be discarded._____________________________________________ _________________________________________ _____________________________________Applicant’s signature Parent/Guardian’s signature Teacher’s signatureOn the back of this page, please describe your entry: what instruments or techniques you used: what inspired you: etc.