Thursday, March 14, 2013

3.14 Ways to Celebrate Pi Day

Happy Pi Day!

Not only is March 14 Pi Day, but it's also Einstein's birthday - and that calls for a real celebration. So put on some music and let's get this party started.

1 -  Make a Pi Chain
You need 10 colors of construction paper, one color for each digit. For example: red = 1, blue = 2, green = 3.... Cut the paper into strips and glue the rings together in order of Pi.
3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066470938446095505822317253594081284811174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109756659334461284756482337867831652712019091456485669234603486104543266482133936072602491412737245870066063155881748815209209628292540917153643678925903600113305305488204665213841469519415116094330572703657595919530921861173819326117931051185480744623799627495673518857527248

2 -  A Pi-mile challenge.
After all that sitting and cutting and gluing, you need to get out and stretch your legs. Nothing better than a 3.14 mile run to get your blood moving and make you ready for some...

3 - Birthday Pi or Cake
It doesn't matter which you make, as long as you have a measuring tape large enough to go around it. Measure how big the cake is around (circumference) and divide it by how far across (diameter) to get Pi - or at least a decent approximation of it.

3.14 - Decorate Pi plates: Glue a Pi symbol onto the middle of a paper plate and color it. Then write the digits of Pi around the outside border to as high as you want to go.

Pi-in-the-sky: Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879. Figure out how old he would be if he were still alive - and convert that into Pi years (a Pi year = 3.14 years). This is part of STEM Friday. Check out more science, technology, engineering and math resources here.



 

8 comments:

  1. Great activities Sue! And hey, I'll take a slice of that Pi (That would be .5233333 worth!)

    P.S. I LOVE the fact that in Pi years, I'm only 15 1/2. Does that mean I get to behave like a teen today?

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    1. Isn't being a teen again (even if only for 3.14 days) awesome!

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  2. Great Pi ideas! I also like that there is an activity for Pi cake too.

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    1. that's so you can have your Pi and eat it too!

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  3. Hope you had a happy Pi day. Fabulous activities!

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    1. sorry to not be here to meet you, R - I had a pi in the oven.

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  4. WOW--just (finally!?) got the graphic. Slow on the uptake! Here's a link to a mind-bogglingly brilliant pi-lish work of art. Enjoy (& rock on, Sue!) http://www.cadaeic.net/cadenza.htm

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    1. It's amazing how he keeps with the 3.141592.... I would never have figured out Pilish if you hadn't clued me into word length.

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