UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- Local high school students recently participated in the 13th annual Pi Day competition at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. Fourteen teams of ninth- and 10th-grade students from Belle Vernon Area, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold and Uniontown Area High Schools participated in math-based competition to win apple, cherry or berry pies.
“This is a critical age for students. The math and science concepts they’re exposed to now will affect their career path in the future. These tests prepare students for the real world by allowing them to solve the sort of problems they would face as engineers,” said David Meredith, associate professor of engineering at Penn State Fayette and proctor of the Pi Day exam.
Students were encouraged to work in teams to complete 20 math problems within a 60-minute time period. This year, Uniontown Area High School won first place, Laurel Highlands Senior High School earned second place, and Ringgold High School came in third.