3.14159265359…. need we go on? Celebrated on March 14 (yes, that’s 3.14), Pi Day not only commemorates a very special number, but also celebrates the birthday of the great scientist and mathematician Albert Einstein. Pi was first calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. Pi Day has become a day to celebrate numbers and math, and celebrations are held across the world in honor of this very special number. These days, all of the numerical fun is sometimes accompanied by delicious food items such as pizza pie, fruit pie, and even pot pies! So please channel your inner math geek and get ready to calculate, eat, and celebrate everybody’s favorite never-ending number.
At the Huacao campus of LWS, primary school students from Grade 3 – Grade 5 were encouraged to celebrate the special day in their own way. Teachers from the mathematics department offered plenty of suggestions for students to use to celebrate; however, they were also given a bit of freedom to deviate from the proposed plans, should they choose to come up with their own way of celebrating. The children proved to be creative, knowledgeable, and festive as each student chose to celebrate in his/her own special way. Have a look at some of our favorites from the 2020 Pi Day Celebration!
What better way to celebrate Pi Day than by baking, decorating, and consuming a delicious pie!? Students created a variety of homemade pies ranging from apple pies to strawberry pies and even cheese pies! Many students even showed off their creativity by using the extra dough to write the symbol for pi (π) or the pi equivalent (3.14) on the top of their edible arrangement!
Most of us know pi as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. As such, we thought it would be a great idea to see all of the ways that students could use circular objects around their homes to create their own masterpiece! Students were encouraged to expand on their thinking, not only utilizing paper as the backdrop, but also by creating their own custom-made, wearable Pi Day T-shirts!
PI DAY CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES!
As many students created their edible pies and others made their form of artwork, some decided for a more fashionable approach to the special day. They made their own bracelets, necklaces, T-shirts, and even a cooking apron to celebrate!
For those students that may have been limited on materials to work with, they were still able to create some awesome work! Here, students created blocks of art with just a few simple colors. How is that related to Pi, you ask? Students were only allowed to use 3 colors and 14 minutes to complete the 15 boxes. To recap, the first 5 digits of pi are 3.1415! Clever ;) we know!
This project proved to be one of the winners of the weekend! Mathematical art projects are a great way for students to combine their creative skills with their analytical skills. This project shares a cityscape creation by graphing a skyline using the numbers in Pi as a reference. You can see how students used grid lines, unit cubes, or centimeters as the basis for the creation of the Pi Line Skyline! Creativity took off from there as colors were intensified, the buildings were beautifully decorated, and breathtaking backgrounds were added as sceneries.
Feeling hungry? We sure were after seeing the delicious treats that students made as they incorporated Pi into their midday snacks! From muffins and pizzas to chicken wings and trail mix, there’s no end to the fun ways to use Pi (just as there is no end to its digits)! Check out all of the different goodies that were made on that very special Saturday!
Pi Day is a wonderful platform to allow the mind to explore its capabilities and expand on previous knowledge. Many students created projects that didn’t quite fit into any of our other categories, but that doesn’t make them any less special! One fifth grade student even showed off his skills by reciting Pi to 100 digits! Take a look at these awesome DIY projects, drawings, designs, puzzles, fun facts, and more!
From Mr. Ty and the entire mathematics department, we hoped that this activity proves that math doesn’t always have to be just about numbers! Whether you chose to celebrate using your culinary, artistic, or analytical skills, we hope you enjoyed this as much as we did seeing your projects! ~Happy Pi Day~