It’s Pi Day Party Time! Make the most of it with these tips!

EEEKKK! It’s almost Pi Day!!!!

Book the D.J., break out the confetti, and freshen up your dance moves. It’s P-p-p-p Pi Day Party time! (Can you tell I’m excited?) One of my personally favorite ways to get students excited about math, Pi day is the time we celebrate all things Pi (3.14159…) and circular. From fresh baked pies, to pi-themed crafts, as home educators we totally have the prerogative to pump this day up as much as we want.

What is Pi Day? 

Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi).  This symbol represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. March 14 has been designated Pi Day since the first three digits of π are 3.14.

Did you know…?

1.  Pi is an irrational number, which means it cannot be expressed as a finite decimal or a fraction. Its decimal representation goes on forever without repeating, making it one of the most intriguing mathematical constants. In fact, we will never in our human capacity, be able to find the end of Pi. It’s irrational nature makes it that much more fascinating!

2. The earliest known calculations of Pi was done by Archimedes of Syracuse who is known as one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. 

3. The symbol π itself, was first introduced by mathematician William Jones in 1706 and popularized by mathematician Leonhard Euler in the 18th century.

4. Record Digits Memorized: Pi digit memorization challenges is a THING! And the Guinness Record for the most digits memorized stands at 70,000 digits. This feat was achieved by a young man named Rajveer Meena on March 21, 2015. And, get this, he was blindfolded the whole time! AMAZING!

    5. Though 3-14 is the date in March that we celebrate, the most serious math enthusiasts celebrate at 1:59 am or pm. Why? To capture the first 6 digits in the number, of course!

    Here are some fantastic ideas to help celebrate Pi Day (March 14) this year!

    1. Invitations: Send out invitations (Pie shaped ones are super fun!) *Fun idea: create digital musical invites to send by phone. 
    2. Decorations: Hang Pi-themed decorations, colorful balloons, and use disposable tablecloths that students can write on.
    3. Pi Recitation Contest: Do you know Pi? How many of your guests can recite pi to a certain digit. Who can recite the farthest? Challenge them to find out. 
    4. Pie Baking Contest: Host a pie baking contest where participants can flex their culinary skills.
    5. Math Games and Puzzles: Create a variety of math games and puzzles for guests to enjoy.
    6. Write Pi Stories: Take time to think about Pi as a character in a story. How would Pi interact with other numbers? 
    7. Set Up a Selfie Booth: Hang up Pi decor all around the booth area for the ultimate mathematical photo op. 
    8. Arrange a Scavenger Hunt: Challenge guests to find circles in various sizes and to build Pi symbols with various materials in a short amount of time. 

    Your students will never see March 14th the same way again….

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