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Orlando Science Schools Math Department celebrated Pi day School wide. Students were so excited to count and memorize the digits of Pi. There were many Pi activities created by OSS Math Teachers.



Pi, Greek letter (), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th.  Pi 3.141592653589793238462644338 327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628620

8998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550

5822317253594081284811174502841070193852110555964462294895493

03819644288109756659334461284756482337867831652712019091456485

6692346034861045432664821339360726024914127372458700……

Students were able to explore so many of the interesting things about pi by doing Pi Stations in Math Classes. In each station, students completed a different activity. Students read articles about the Greek Mathematician Archimedes’ geometrical approach to estimate pi and other famous people throughout history that have influenced how we use pi today.  Students were able to see how the circumference and diameter of a circle’s relationship (Circumference /Diameter) will always give you pi through measuring different circular objects.  7th grader Laura Vasquez found the 4 exact decimal digits of Pi (3.1415) with a Circular Expo Clear bottle!!!

Students also created poems, songs or pictures that had to do with Pi and the facts they learned in articles that they read. Aaron Collier, 8th grader, performed his Pi Rap for the class. He did an amazing job! In another station, students created a Pi Bracelet with different colored beads.  Students also attempted to memorize as many digits of pi as they could in 5 minutes in each grade. Asia Ingram from 8th grade, Dominic Canora from 7th grade and Wally Vargas from 6th grade memorized more than 20 digits of Pi in their classes. Students were assigned to eat pie for homework J.  Some of the students started to do their homework at after school and their teachers helped themJ.

Here are some interesting facts about Pi. 

  • In 2002, a Japanese scientist found 1.24 trillion digits of pi using a powerful computer called the Hitachi SR 8000, breaking all previous records &
  • The first 144 digits of pi add up to 666 (which many scholars say is “the mark of the Beast”). And 144 = (6+6) x (6+6) *
  • Comedian John Evans once quipped: “What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o'-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin p *
  • In the Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold,” Spock foils the evil computer by commanding it to “compute to last digit the value of pi *
  • Since 4,000 years ago and up until this very day, people have been trying to get more and more accurate values for pi. Presently supercomputers are used to find the value of with as many digits as possible. Pi has been calculated with a precision containing more than one billion digits, i.e., more that 1,000,000,000 digits! #
  • Another interesting fact is you would not find a zero in the first 31 digits of pi. #
  • If you were to print billion decimals of pi in ordinary font it would stretch from New York City to Kansas.#

References

* Blatner, David. 1997. The Joy of Pi. New York, NY: Walker Publishing Company

&Brown, James Robert. 2008. Philosophy of Mathematics: A Contemporary Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Routledge
#  http://www.buzzle.com/articles/interesting-facts-about-pi.html  

 

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