2018-03-07

Next week, we celebrate one of our favorite days of the school year: Pi Day. A national holiday since 2009, Pi Day on March 14 is the celebration of a mathematical constant important for many mathematical calculations. But more importantly, it's an opportunity for us to spark our students’ excitement, while answering that age-old question, "How will I use math in real life?"

Pi Day presents us with the perfect platform to celebrate mathematics and provide exciting opportunities for students to succeed with math in low-stakes (and fun!) situations. There are many ways to celebrate Pi Day with your students, but here are just a few activities City Year teams serving nationwide enjoy using:

  • Challenge your students to find their birthday hidden in the digits of pi!
  • Plan a Family Engagement Night on Pi Day and make math something the whole family can enjoy.
  • Engage all the students’ senses with hands-on Pi Day activities during afterschool programming.
  • Write pi poems or read pi books in your literacy classes.
  • Create a pie in the face challenge. Students earn the right of pie-ing their (willing) teacher or AmeriCorps member in the face after solving pi math problems.
  • Start your small group or one-on-one tutoring session with a pi math problem, like using pi to calculate the area of the AmeriCorps or City Year logos, and the circumference of a strong circle.

Can you calculate the area of the AmeriCorps logo? #piday #cypiday

Can you calculate the circumference of this strong circle? Assume the radius is 4. #piday #cypiday

Whatever you’re planning, we believe it’s important to connect your engaging pi day activities back to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Microsoft’s Education Blog and NASA Pi Problems are two awesome resources that will show your students the important role pi plays in all these industries.

Looking for more resources to kick start your Pi Day planning? Feel free to reach out to Kristen Olmsted, National Math Design Manager, with any questions you may have. We’re looking forward to seeing how you celebrate Pi Day!

Be sure to use share your Pi Day events on social media by using #piday and #cypiday.

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