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Welcome to the Pi Day Celebration Challenge!

Do you like pie? Of course! Just about everyone likes pie, but what about pi—as in the amazing mathematical number?!Well, here at Girl Scouts, we LOVE pi and we’re gearing up for Pi Day on March 14, 2022. We’re excited to share all that we know with you through the Pi Day Celebration Challenge!

Every other day until Pi Day on March 14, 2022, we'll post a short activity for you to do with items that you most likely have at home. If you complete three of the six activities leading up to Pi Day and a special Pi Day activity to be announced (stay tuned!), GSOSW will mail you a Pi Day Celebration fun patch (while supplies last)!

Once you have completed the challenge, request your fun patch by filling out thePi Day Celebration Submission Form! Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2022. Patches are limited and will be mailed out on a first come, first served basis after March 31 until they run out.

Activity 1: What is Pi

March 3, 2022

You may be wondering: If pi isn’t that warm, gooey, apple cinnamon goodness fresh from the oven, then what is it?

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Pi is what's known as a mathematical constant—it is the ratio of a circle's circumference (distance around) to its diameter (distance across). No matter what size of circle you have the ratio, pi, will always be the same.Let's test it!

For this activity you are going to need:

  • Two circular objects of different sizes
  • String
  • Scissors


  1. Begin by wrapping the string once around one of your circular objects.
  2. Next, cut the string to that length, this will give you the circumference.
  3. Now, take your cut circumference string and stretch it across the object, be sure to have one end of the string at the edge of the object.
  4. Cut off the remainder of the string, this stretched piece laying across your object will give you your diameter.
  5. Using the remainder of your string, cut as many diameter lengths of string as you can.
  6. Repeat this with a new string on your other circular object.

No matter what size your circle is, you should always be able to cut 3 full diameters from your circumference and have a little bit leftover. That ratio, the number of diameters in one circumference, is pi, 3.14.

Activity 2: To Infinity and Pi

March 5, 2022

Guess what! We have infinite, meaning a never ending amount, of pie! Quick! Grab a fork!

Ooops. We mean pi. Pi is infinite. And that means it goes on forever—so far it’s been calculated all the way out to 62.8 trillion digits! Pi is what's known as an irrational number; this means that it cannot be shown as a fraction or part of a whole number. We often write pi as 3.14, but actually, its 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 … and on and on and on! In celebration of Pi Day, let's see how many digits of pi you can memorize. Try listening to a pi song, or to make up your own! Try and create the next big hit camp song about pi.

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Check out one of these videos to get memorizing and for some inspiration:

The Pi Song (Memorize 100 Digits Of π) | SCIENCE SONGS on Youtube by asapScience

The Pi Song: Funny Song to help you memorize Pi on Youtube by Songdrops

The Pi Song (Easy as Pi) | Pi to 244 Digits & a little more! on Youtube by Silly School Songs

Activity 3: What is Pi

March 7, 2022

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Were you able to read what that said? If you weren't, that’s okay. It reads something like "Hi! Are you home? Is the pie ready to eat?" We use symbols every day to communicate different things, and emojis are just one example. Pi can be written as a symbol, too: it’s 𝛑. Have you ever wondered why these different symbols were chosen? The symbol 𝛑 is actually a greek letter, and it is the first letter in the greek word for circumference (περιϕέρεια). So that's why the symbol 𝛑 was selected. Think of some of the other symbols we use every day. See if you can come up with a sentence that's written all in symbols. Now, let's think back to math. In math there are lots of symbols that represent different things, such as how “X” is often used as the missing value. What other symbols can you think of that are used in math? Try and find out why any of the symbols you thought of are used to represent what they do.

Activity 4: Women Pi-oneers

March 9, 2022

When talking about early accomplishments in math and science, you may have heard the names Einstein or Newton—but they weren’t the only ones who made some serious impacts on the world as we know it today! Florence Nightingale and Ada Lovelace are just two of the women pi-oneers that have taken on the male-dominated field of math and made the world a better place because of it!

Florence Nightingale, a statistician and nurse, gathered data and made calculations that changed nursing to what we know it as today. During the Crimean War in 1853, Florence made data-driven decisions that reduced the hospital's death rate by two thirds! She then translated this data into a format that anyone could understand (not just a math wiz), which inspired change and new standards in healthcare.

Ada Lovelace, known affectionately as the “Enchantress of Numbers,” is considered the first computer programer. She collaborated with Charles Babbage on the first programmable computers in the mid-19th century. Ada was thinking way ahead of her time and was able to conceptualize how a computer could turn content into digits! This laid the foundation for computers and computer programming as we know it today.

These are just two of the many women of mathematical history. Take a moment and look into another woman who has changed the world through math!

Activity 5: The Sweet Sounds of Pi

March 11, 2022

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We have already explored so much about pi that today we are going to just listen to the sweet sounds of 3.14. Since pi is just a series of numbers, 0 through 9, we are going to assign each number a note or a sound and then play pi!

Don’t worry—you don’t need to know how to play an instrument or read music for this activity. If you have an instrument to use, great! If you don’t have an instrument, you can create one with recyclables and household items, or select 10 different noisy things that make different sounds, or check out this free virtual piano. Next, assign a note or noisy item to each number, 0-9. Now, looking at the first 30 digits of pi, begin to play! See if you can learn and then play pi for someone else.

Take a listen to some of these awesome sounds of pi on YouTube:

Activity 6: Pi’s Sister Phi

March 13, 2022

It’s almost Pi Day! We hope you're getting excited and are enjoying all things pi as much as we are! For this activity, we're going to branch out a bit. Instead of celebrating pi, we're going to celebrate phi—another super-cool number that sadly doesn’t get its own day. Phi, like pi, is a mathematical constant. It can be written as the symbol 𝞥, and is known as the number 1.6180. Phi goes by one other name: the golden ratio! The golden ratio occurs naturally all over. You can look around right now and no matter where you are, you can see it in at least one thing: yourself! Your body is proportioned based on the golden ratio, but you can also see it at work in the way a snail shell spirals, the way petals on flowers are arranged, and even the way hurricanes form. By using the golden ratio, you can create what's called the golden rectangle. This rectangle can be cut into a square and rectangle. This new, smaller rectangle will have sides with the same proportions as the original. You can make this cut over and over again with each new rectangle having sides with the same ratio as the original. This ratio is the golden ratio!

Let's make a golden rectangle on a sheet of graph paper to demonstrate the golden ratio.You will need:

  • Colored Pencils
  • Graph Paper

Next, follow the steps below to create your golden rectangle:

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  1. Color in one square in the center of a sheet of graph paper.
  2. Color in the square to the right with another color.
  3. Color in a 2x2 block (four squares) directly above the two squares with a third color.
  4. Color in a 3x3 block (nine squares) directly to the left of the 2x2 and 1x1 blocks in a different color.
  5. Continue adding boxes counterclockwise, using the following amounts to form your design: 5x5, 8x8, 13x13, 21x21.
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  6. Now, you have your golden rectangle! Each color represents how you can divide the next smaller rectangle into a square and rectangle with the same proportions as the original.
  7. Next, to make a spiral , begin by drawing a diagonal line, corner to corner, across your largest square. Your spiral is going to move, in order, from the largest square to the smallest square, so be sure your diagonal line touches the corner of the next largest square.
  8. Repeat Step 7 to draw your diagonal line through all the squares of your golden rectangle.
  9. Next, you are going to turn each of your lines into a curve from corner to corner to create the spiral through your golden rectangle.

You have now made the golden rectangle, which demonstrates the golden ratio! See if you can think of something else in nature that follows the golden ratio.

Activity 7: Pi(e) Day

March 14, 2022

It's finally officially Pi Day! Welcome to our seventh activity, the final activity in our Pi Day Celebration. Over the last 14 days we explored the mathematical constant pi, 3.14, we discover how it's actually an infinite number, and looked at the symbol 𝛑! We then uncovered some of the amazing women in math, listened to pi, and discovered phi. So now, we have reached the PIE part of our celebration! Your final challenge is to make or enjoy a pie! From lemon meringue to pumpkin, to chocolate mousse or apple the varieties are endless! Any pie of your choosing, even an outdoor mud pie, a playdough pie, a quiche (a savory egg pie), or a chicken pot pie, mix it up and enjoy! Get creative and see if you can decorate your pie with the pi symbol, 𝛑!


What is Pi Day Challenge? ›

For the NASA Pi Day Challenge, problem-solvers can use pi to find out how much surface area will be measured in a single pulse of Lunar Flashlight's lasers. Answers to all four challenge questions will be made public on March 15. Need another serving? Previous years' challenge questions are online as well.

What are some fun activities people can do to celebrate Pi Day? ›

31.4 Mathtastic Pi Day Activities for the Classroom
  • Assemble a Pi Day paper chain. Just like pi, paper chains can be endless in activity time, length, and fun! ...
  • Celebrate with a pizza pi party. ...
  • Do the math. ...
  • Roll pi digits with dice. ...
  • Memorize those pi digits! ...
  • Celebrate Albert Einstein. ...
  • Play a card game. ...
  • Make paper plate pies.
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How do you celebrate Pi Day? ›

Pi is used to represent a mathematical constant. Not only is it the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, but it's also the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet (π).
Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Pi Day
  1. Eat Pi Foods. ...
  2. Bake Some Pies. ...
  3. Classroom Pi Day Workout. ...
  4. Pi Day Scavenger Hunt. ...
  5. The Form of Pi. ...
  6. Pi Contests. ...
  7. Pi Day Run.

What are pi activities? ›

A PI CME activity is a process by which evidence-based performance measures and quality improvement (QI) interventions are used to help physicians identify patient care areas for improvement and change their performance.

What are 3 facts about Pi Day? ›

Fun facts about pi

The first Pi Day was celebrated in 1988 in California. "It was organized by a physicist named Larry Shaw out in San Francisco," Smith reports. "They celebrated by eating pie, of course, and marching in circles." Pi Day was officially designated by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009.

What food is Pi Day associated with? ›

In 2009, congress marked March 14th as a holiday to encourage the math and science education. As a way to encourage math and science education many teachers began the tradition of using a PIE to explain Pi to their students.

What food is Pi Day most often associated to? ›

Pi Day celebrations began in 1988 and these days, in addition to recitation contests, where people compete to see how many decimal places they can remember pi to, the occasion is most often marked by enjoying a slice of pie. Much like pi, with its never-ending decimal form, the varieties of pie are also endless.

What color do you wear on Pi Day? ›

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 or 3.14 but it's also a day highlighting women in STEM careers.

Why is it important to celebrate Pi Day? ›

It's a special day for those who love mathematics and want to honour Albert Einstein. March 14 every year is celebrated as Pi Day to commemorate mathematical constant Pi. It is also the birthday of Einstein, one of the greatest physicists of all time. Einstein was born on Pi day, March 14, 1879.

What does Pi Day mean in school? ›

When Is Pi Day in 2022? Every year, Pi Day falls on the same date. On March 14, math teachers around the country celebrate pi, since the date 3/14 resembles the first few digits of the number: 3.14. (Plus, if you're in class at 1:59, you can even celebrate Pi Minute!)

Is Pi Day Only in America? ›

Pi may be a universal constant, but only two countries can natively celebrate Pi Day: the U.S. and Belize.

How do you make pi planning fun? ›

Treasure hunts and scavenger hunts are other fun ways to get people working together. Give each team member a list of things to find or do, like visit another team to find program risks and dependencies and determine whether or not they impact the plan being created.

What is a good pi objective? ›

PI objectives help teams understand how what they're doing matters to the business. Good PI objectives are SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timebound. Linking features to PI objectives within the same tool makes it easier for teams and stakeholders to see how work is achieving business objectives.

What is the true meaning of pi? ›

Succinctly, pi—which is written as the Greek letter for p, or π—is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. Regardless of the circle's size, this ratio will always equal pi. In decimal form, the value of pi is approximately 3.14.

Why is pi called pi? ›

It was first called "pi" in 1706 by [the Welsh mathematician] William Jones, because pi is the first letter in the Greek word perimitros, which means "perimeter."

What are the 6 digits of pi? ›

Did you know 314159, which are the first 6 digits of Pi, appear in order at least 6 times among the first 10 million decimals of Pi?

Whats a fun fact about pi? ›

Pi is an infinitely long, irrational number and its exact value cannot be known. Since Pi's exact value cannot be known, we can never find the exact area or circumference of a circle. Interestingly, legendary mathematician Albert Einstein's birth anniversary falls on Pi day. Pi is a part of Egyptian mythology.

What are two famous people born on Pi Day? ›

7.) Are there any famous Pi Day birthdays? There are several famous people born on March 14th, Pi Day, including Albert Einstein, NBA All-Star Steph Curry, Actors Billy Crystal and Michael Caine, and Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles.

Do You Eat pie on Pi Day? ›

The 14th of March is Pi Day. It celebrates the mathematical concept of π (Pi / 3.14), but because it sounds the same in English as the English word for “pie”, it has become associated with eating pie today.

Is Pi Day a symbol? ›

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Does Dominos celebrate Pi Day? ›

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Also, earn points to redeem for free pizza with the chain's Piece of the Pie rewards program that you can sign up for at Dominos.com.

Should pi be eaten hot or cold? ›

Serving pie hot from the oven isn't just a bad idea aesthetically—all that hot sugar is also dangerous. Allow your pie to cool for about an hour. The filling will set, and it will be cool enough to eat, yet still a little warm.

What culture invented pi? ›

The history of the pie has its roots in ancient Egypt and Greece. The ancient Greeks ate pie (artocreas), though it was of the savory type with meat in an open pastry shell. The Romans may have been the first to create a pie that included a top and bottom crust.

What mathematician is born on Pi Day? ›

Pi Day originated at a museum in San Francisco in 1988. Coincidentally, March 14 is also Albert Einstein's birthday. Einstein was a mathematician and physicist who became famous for his theory of relativity. A circle is often associated with pi.

What is the famous shape on Pi Day? ›

Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day format) since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant figures of π. It was founded in 1988 by Larry Shaw, an employee of the San Francisco, California science museum, the Exploratorium. Celebrations often involve eating pie or holding pi recitation competitions.

Why do we wear purple on March 14th? ›

On March 14, female STEM professionals across the globe will wear purple attire as a conversation starter about the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields.

Why do people wear red on Tuesdays? ›

Honor and right intention are highly important themes to consider on Tuesdays. What to Wear: Similar to Sundays, Tuesdays also require blazing reds. Red coral is recommended as the stone to appease Mars.

What are the first ten digits of pi? ›

The first 10 digits of pi (π) are 3.1415926535

Why not calculate the circumference of a circle using pi here.

What grade do students learn pi? ›

PI begins as early as Grade 4 and continues through Grade 8. At the elementary schools, pull-out PI reading instruction takes place during the normally scheduled reading block. In junior high, PI literacy instruction takes place during the student's normally scheduled English language arts (ELA) class.

What is pi 7th grade? ›

The value of Pi (π) is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter and is approximately equal to 3.14159.

What grade do you start pi? ›

Common Core, in contrast to our plan for Grade 5, doesn't introduce ratios until Grade 6, which is too late and too simplistic. Worse still, Common Core doesn't introduce π until—not fifth, not sixth—but Grade 7.

How many digits are in pi? ›

Then, in 2021, scientists at the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons calculated another 31.4 trillion digits of the constant, bringing the total up to 62.8 trillion decimal places. Today we're announcing yet another record: 100 trillion digits of π.

What country is pi? ›

PI - Refers to the Philippines and to 1949 Road Traffic Convention.

How long is a PI event? ›

PIs are typically 8 – 12 weeks long. The most common pattern for a PI is four development Iterations, followed by one Innovation and Planning (IP) Iteration. A PI is to an Agile Release Train (ART) (or Solution Train), as an Iteration is to the Agile Team.

What are the three inputs to PI planning? ›

Inputs to PI planning include: Business context (see 'content readiness' below) Roadmap and vision. Top 10 Features of the Program Backlog.

What are the 3 primary outputs of PI planning? ›

Outputs include three primary artifacts:
  • A set of aggregated specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound (SMART) PI objectives for the solution.
  • A solution planning board (shown below), which highlights the capabilities, anticipated delivery dates, and any other relevant milestones for the solution.
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What are two common PI planning anti? ›

A very common anti-pattern in PI Planning is when teams focus on one iteration at a time, attempting to create a solid plan for iteration one, followed by a deep dive in iteration two, and so on. This is dangerous because we're not seeing the big picture of the whole PI.

Do you write user stories at pi planning? ›

PI Planning is not supposed to result in teams writing and committing to 12 weeks of small (1, 2, or 3 point) stories.

How many sprints are in a pi? ›

Teams apply common iteration lengths – within a PI there are 5 Sprints of 2 weeks each and each team adheres to the iteration length.

What are the 2 main purposes of Pi objectives? ›

During PI Planning, teams create PI objectives, which are the things they intend to accomplish in the upcoming Program Increment (PI). These provide several benefits: Provide a common language for communicating with business and technology stakeholders. Creates the near-term focus and vision.

What is smart in PI planning? ›

S.M.A.R.T is both a mnemonic and acronym – it describes objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time- bound.

What are the core values of SAFe? ›

The four Core Values of alignment, built-in quality, transparency, and program execution represent the fundamental beliefs that are key to SAFe's effectiveness. These guiding principles help dictate behavior and action for everyone who participates in a SAFe portfolio.

What is Pi Day and why? ›

Succinctly, pi—which is written as the Greek letter for p, or π—is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. Regardless of the circle's size, this ratio will always equal pi. In decimal form, the value of pi is approximately 3.14.

Why do we eat pie on Pi Day? ›

In 2009, congress marked March 14th as a holiday to encourage the math and science education. As a way to encourage math and science education many teachers began the tradition of using a PIE to explain Pi to their students. A math education idea at its finest!

Why is Pi so important? ›

The constant π helps us understand our universe with greater clarity. The definition of π inspired a new notion of the measurement of angles, a new unit of measurement. This important angle measure is known as “radian measure” and gave rise to many important insights in our physical world.

What are the first 10 digits of pi? ›

The first 10 digits of pi (π) are 3.1415926535

Why not calculate the circumference of a circle using pi here. Or simply learn about pi here.

Why is 3.14 called pi? ›

And how did it get the name "pi"? It was first called "pi" in 1706 by [the Welsh mathematician] William Jones, because pi is the first letter in the Greek word perimitros, which means "perimeter."

Does pi have an end? ›

While treating pi as equal to 3.14 is often good enough, the number really continues on forever, a seemingly random series of digits ambling infinitely outward and obeying no discernible pattern — 3.14159265358979….

What is the exact value of pi 22 7? ›

In the past, many math books listed Pi as 22/7. Again, this is just an approximation but it is better than the value of 3 (actually 22/7 is closer to Pi than just writing 3.14). The early history of mathematics covers many approximations of the value of Pi.

Who was born on Pi Day? ›

Albert Einstein's birthday is on March 14 — 3/14 — which is celebrated as Pi Day.

What do you eat on National Pi Day? ›

—celebrate Pi Day with traditional Greek foods like gyros, (pita sandwiches), dolma (stuffed grape leaves), moussaka (an eggplant casserole), or souvlaki (meat skewers).


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