Celebrate Pi Day!
It’s the only holiday to honor a number: Pi Day, on 3-14, the beginning digits of the infinite, non-repeating decimal expansion of pi = 3.1415926… This important number is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, but pi is also irrational and transcendental — and humans have known about it for thousands of years. So, join the Jackson College Mathematics & Engineering Department in our celebration of an incredible number, symbol, and concept!
Picture: From The Self-Referential Cookbook: the first 13 digits of Pi (last displayed digit rounded).
In 2018, sadly, Jackson College will be on Spring Break during the official Pi Day, but we’ve decided to host events later in March to extend the fun!
Tuesday, March 26th • 8 p.m.
Screening of Hidden Figures
The Academy Award-nominated movie about Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – African American women who worked as “human computers” for NASA in the early days of the space race. Their mathematical contributions helped launch John Glenn into orbit and played a major role in the eventual Apollo missions to the moon.
Come check out this movie and learn about how mathematics is truly a human endeavor. Free popcorn, lemonade, and (of course) pie will be served! Also, each moviegoer will receive a raffle ticket to win prizes!
Wednesday, March 27th • 5 p.m.
Victor Cuiss Fieldhouse, Central Campus
- Pizza and snacks available for purchase — all proceeds go to the Harriet Myer Student Emergency Fund and the Jackson College Food Pantry.
- Five competitions offer terrific prizes — each with a Grand Prize of $50
- Pi-themed Scavenger Hunt — complete the scavenger hunt to be eligible for a Pi prize
- “Pi-ku” Competition — create your Pi-related haiku poem and win accolades and Pi prizes
- “Pi tunes” Competition — create your own Pi-themed rap or song, and perform it to win the competition and Pi prizes
- Hula Hoop Competition — be the best hula-hooper and show how to use pi in a fun way to win Pi prizes
- Slam-Dunk Competition — only the most creative and most athletic can get that round ball into the circular basket to win the Pi prize