Celebrate Pi Day!

Pie with digits of Pi

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 2019, sadly, Jackson College will be on Spring Break during the official Pi Day, but we’ve decided to host events in February to anticipate and celebrate the day!

Jackson College Pi-Day T-shirts are available!  (contact Sara Main)


2019 Pi-Day Events

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Victor Cuiss Fieldhouse, Central Campus (during the home basketball game vs. Mid Michigan College)

  • Four competitions — all of which offer terrific prizes to the winners!
    • Lightning Bball Games — compete in fast, fun games of basketball skills with friends (more info)
    • Hula Hoop Competition — be the best hula-hooper and show how to use pi in a fun way
    • JC Celebrity vs. Students Free-Throw Contest — witness the epic battle between students and Jackson College “celebrities,” and even join the fun
    • Pie Eating Contest — enter as a team or an individual to compete for gooey glory

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Pi-themed Trivia Competition – Jets Hangar, Central Campus @ 8 PM

Come and learn, or compete to show what you already know, about the fabulous number, pi.  This fun competition is open to all, and the showing of The Martian will immediately follow.  Fabulous prizes for the winners, as well as free popcorn, lemonade, and (of course) pie for all! 

Screening of The Martian – Jets Hangar, Central Campus @ 8:15 PM

The 2016 Golden Globe-winning movie about astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead and left behind on Mars after a fierce storm.  With only minimal supplies, but an amazing head for mathematics and science, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and summon his spirit to survive on the hostile planet.  Meanwhile, as a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission…

Come check out this movie and learn about how mathematics plays an important role in this exciting human endeavor.  Free popcorn, lemonade, and (of course) pie will be served!  


UH-OH!!! — Here’s your first chance to win a prize!

There’s been a Lemony-Snicket-style “Unfortunate Series of Events” with the logo for our Pi Day T-Shirt and Poster!  Take a look at this:

Jackson College Pi Logo

Jackson College Pi Logo

So, if you can find the problem, clearly identify the problem, and solve it with some creative ingenuity, you can win a prize!

Submit your solution to our T-Shirt/Poster Puzzle Master, Professor Sara Main.