Today is Pi-Day. What is Pi-Day? A day for celebrating the awesomeness that is a hot, gooey, flaky-crusted apple pie? While that would be awesome, it is not exactly the purpose. However, eating pie today would definitely be a wonderful way to celebrate as pies are round and pi is the constant that allows us to find the area, circumference, and volume of a circle. (It’s also a Greek letter, but that has nothing to do with today.)
The first few digits of the constant pi are 3.14…which in calendar-speak is March 14. Thus, today is Pi-Day!
We are on Spring Break this week, but if we were in school, I would expect my son’s math class to celebrate pi day with some sort of activity. In my own class some day, I plan to make sure we celebrate to the fullest! Here are some ideas I’ve rounded up for you:
Today starts E-Week. What is E-Week? Elephant Appreciation week? While that would be awesome, no. Eleven week? Nope, the eleventh week of the year isn’t until the first week of March – 2 weeks away. No, E-Week stands for Engineer Week – a week to:
- Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
- Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
- Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents
You can learn more about E-Week at DiscoverE.org.
As a future teacher who wants to focus on Science and Math, engineering specifically and STEM in general are going to be essential topics in my classroom. I also want to be involved in activities outside of the classroom like First Lego League and MathCounts to get my students excited about STEM careers. I hope to celebrate E-Week in my classroom. There are a ton of ideas and resources out there, but here are a few I’ve collected: