Pi Day Activities: 14+ Ways for Kids to Celebrate Pi!
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Check out these great STEAM Pi Day activities for kids that pair math with technology, art, engineering, and science!
March 14th is Pi Day! In honor of this international celebration of Pi, we’ve pulled together 14 great Pi Day activities perfect to celebrate with kids of all ages! Pi, or π, is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter.
In case you need a refresher, the circumference of a circle is the distance all the way around and the diameter of a circle is the distance across the middle.
Pi begins 3.1415 and mathematicians have spent thousands of years studying this irrational number. Trillions of digits of Pi have been identified so far!
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Fun Facts About Pi
Did you know that the symbol for Pi was first introduced by William Jones, a Welsh mathematician, in 1706. The mathematician Euler made the symbol popular, but the symbol of Pi has been in use for more than 250 years! Wow!
According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, you only need about 39 or 40 decimal places of Pi to calculate the circumference of the visible universe with an accuracy equal to the diameter of a hydrogen atom. This is because the visible universe has a radius of about 46 billion light years.
The calculation of Pi is used as a stress test for a computer. The calculation works like a digital cardiogram that indicates the level of activity within the computer’s processor.
The Greek letter for Pi is the first letter of the words periphery and perimeter. Pi refers to the ratio of a circle’s “periphery”, a.k.a. circumference, to its diameter.
Here are some of the supplies that you’ll need for these great Pi Day activities:
We love to pair math and technology to create fun art! This Pi Necklace coding activity is the perfect combination of math, binary, and hexadecimal coding for upper elementary and middle school students. It’s also an engaging Pi Day activity!
We love math and art activities! We work with pixel puzzles and mosaic squares quite a bit in our house and decided to use turn a skyline activity into a color coding mosaic pi cityscape activity that works on basic programming skills while introducing Pi.
The goal of the Finding Pi with Math Sun Catchers activity is to explore the number Pi and prove that it is a mathematical constant by making math sun catchers out of fuse beads for a fun math + art STEAM activity! This is a great activity for upper elementary and middle school kids.
This circle algorithm art activity introduces basic coding skills by giving kids a set of rules and steps to follow to create unique designs in each circle! An algorithm is a set of specific steps that you can follow to solve a problem. One way to teach your children about algorithms and unplugged coding is to have them create algorithm art drawings.
We love any reason to geek out and Pi Day is one of our favorite days to enjoy some math and art activities! From coding Pi necklaces to creating Pi mosaic cityscapes, we try to do a range of projects in our house so that each of our kids can geek out with us! This watercolor compass art activity is perfect for a wide range of ages and learning levels