Pi day. March 14. If you’re a math person you’re probably rolling your eyes. If you’re a teacher, you’re probably either rolling your eyes or running to the store to buy 5 pies for your class. I myself have seen numerous stations outside classrooms at my college boasting ‘FREE PIE’ to all who walk by. Needless to say, when I got there, all the pie was gone. [editor’s note: Oh, no! The pie is a lie, too?]
We all know it, we all celebrate it in our own ways, and if you’re in need of some inspiration on how to plan the perfect Pi Day celebration, here are a few viable options:
- Write a Rap: There truly exists a rap about Pi, but should we be surprised? This perfect Pi Day tune is set to the melody of Eminem’s Lose Yourself, so you, too, can lose yourself in the wonderment of reciting as many digits of Pi as you can.
- Make a ‘Pi’ Pie: Yes really. There are pi-shaped pans to fulfill all of your mathematical baking needs.
- A free trip to the Exploratorium in San Francisco: the creators of Pi Day are offering free admission on Pi Day for those who just gotta get their science on. The free admission includes speakers, activities, a ‘Pi Procession’ (whatever that means), and yes, actual pie.
- Test yourself: see how many digits of Pi you can recite from memory. And if you need a little help, there are tons of phone apps to help you.
- Have a pie-eating contest: Princeton is holding a ton of Pi-related activities all weekend, including a pie-eating contest, pizza-making competition, and a concert. (Bonus points if you use the Pi pan from #2)
I hope you now have some ideas about how to plan your Pi Day celebration! I personally am looking forward to next year’s Pi Day, since it’ll be 3/14/15, and you can bet that at 9:26 AM and PM I’ll be snickering to myself and eating as much pie as I can!