|Every year on March 14, math and science educators and enthusiasts across the globe celebrate the number that represents the ratio of circumference to diameter of a circle with parties, parades, pie eating and number memorization contests.
But this year, on March 14, 2015 (that’s 3-14-15) fans of this irrational number will get more Pi than ever before…and more than they’ll ever see again in their lifetime. That’s because the next two digits in the Pi sequence after 3.14 are 1, and 5.
After this year, we won’t see this many digits of Pi on our calendar again until the year 2115. Making this year’s Pi day the ultimate Pi day.
If you’re looking for fun and engaging ways to celebrate this once in a lifetime occurrence with your students while teaching them about the mystery and excitement of this special number, look no further.
We’ve gathered some of the most useful resources from around the web where you’ll find classroom activities, fun facts, teaching tools, and entire fan clubs dedicated to honoring Pi in all its forms.
From all of us at Ward’s Science, we wish you a happy Ultimate Pi Day, from our science lab to yours!
Here are Eight Ways to Celebrate
- See where Pi Day got its start
The Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA is said to have founded the first Pi Day celebration over 22 years ago, and continues the tradition today with live events, activities, and contests all day long. Visit exploratorium.edu/pi/ for a slew of Pi Day resources and schedule of events.
- Memorize one million digits of Pi
Is your classroom up to the challenge? See how many digits you and your students can memorize and recite back without error – here are the first million digits to study. Think you can beat the current world record set by Chao Lu of China on November 20, 2005 for 67,890 digits in 24 hours and 4 minutes?
- Learn a Pi Day Rap Song
Head to teachpi.org, a self-described one-stop Pi Day shop for teachers and number lovers, to get pumped up for your memorization competition with a Pi Day rap song set to the tune of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”, along with more songs, Pi games, activities, and an entire community dedicated to sharing their love of Pi.
- Read the official National Pi Day Congressional Resolution
On March 14, 2009, Congress voted in favor of a bill proposing Pi Day as a national holiday. See the full text of the U.S. House Resolution here.
- Study the History of Pi
Learn more about the very first references to Pi in ancient history and texts, and study its chronology through the years.See the history here.
- Teach Pi with Storybook Characters
Captivate student interest with medieval characters and timeless tales that present geometry concepts including Pi, shapes, circumference, and more. Shop titles like Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi, and more geometry books from Ward’s Science.
- Send a Pi Greeting Card
There’s no better way to say “Happy Pi Day” from one math lover to another than with this selection of free and customizable online greeting cards.
- Don’t forget Einstein!
Coincidentally, Albert Einstein, the father of modern physics, was born on Pi Day March 14, 1879. Learn more about the life of one of the most influential physicists and mathematicians of the 20th Century.
And if you want to go all out, consider timing your festivities for precisely 9:26 that day.