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Amazing! Student recites 135 digits of pi 

Published on 20/03/17

Ask anyone to recite pi (π) and they will probably only be able to give you the first three numbers, or maybe five, at a push.

But for one Orchard School Bristol student, they have been able to reel off an astonishing 135 digits from memory.

It took Year 9 Veniamin Tenev over two minutes to recite pi – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, which starts 3.14  – in front of his maths class.

Many of our other students also showed impressive memory capacity by remembering 30, 40 and even 50 digits.

Students were set the challenge on Pi Day on March 14 (3.14 in American date format) as part of a Trust in Learning Academies (TiLA) competition.

Schools from within the trust, including Orchard School Bristol, Bridge Learning Campus, Parson Street Primary and Filton Avenue Primary, took to social media to showcase students reciting pi (you can see all of our entries on Orchard Mathematics' Twitter page).

Despite facing fierce competition, Veniamin came out as one of the top students from TiLA to memorise the most numbers of Pi. 

It has been calculated that there are two-quadrillion digits of pi. The current record for reciting pi is 111,700, which is held by Akira Haraguchi from Japan. 

You can watch the video of Veniamin reciting Pi, here: