Putting the M in STEM Education

Putting the M in STEM Education

October 10, 2015
Einstein Pi

Pi Day: Some great suggestions

on celebrating this fantastic day.

  1. Create a Pi Chain – can be done as a paper chain or as a beads project. Each color represents a different number in the Pi sequence.
Pi bracelet
Pi day chain

  1. Memorization Contest – see who can memorize Pi to the furthest digit. The current Guinness World Record is held by Lu Chao of China, who, in 2005, recited 67,890 digits of pi.
pi day

  1. Have student memorize famous quotes from Albert Einstein. Some of my favorite are: If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. And Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

  1. Find circular baked goods and solve for Pi then have a Pie Party. Easiest way to solve for pi is with the use of a string that they wrap around the baked good and use as their measuring tool.
pie plate

  1. Pi Day Scavenger Hunt.

3 – Geometric Solids

1 – US city with a ZIP code containing the first 3 digits of pi then first 5 digits

4 – Capital letters of the alphabet that have rotational symmetry.

1 – US state which tried to legislate a value for pi

5 – Formulas which include π

9 – Labels or advertisements for products which use circles in their name or logo

2 – US cities with names that have references to something circular

6 – US state flags which include circles in their design

5 – Sports or games which use a circle or a sphere in their play

3 – Famous people with birthdays on March 14

5 – Movie titles with references to something circular

8 – kinds of candy that comes in a circular pieces

9 – Song titles with references to something circular

7 – Different types of pie

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