The Greek letter Pi (pictured) 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 — and it is the most important numerical constant in mathematics.
Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point, and without Pi, there is no theory of motion and no understanding of geometry.
For over 4,000 years, civilizations have relied on Pi, in part, in the study astronomy; the construction of archways, bridges, and skyscrapers; and the manufacturing of car engines and power generators.
Pi Day was first celebrated on March 14, 1989, and the tradition has since continued.
In addition to a variety of activities taking place in the classroom, middle school Falcons have extended their celebration of Pi Day through March 16 when CMMS will host its 3rd Quarter Report Card Fair.
Working in partnership with the Clinton-Massie PTO, the middle school math department will sponsor a silent Pi(e) Auction.
A selection of delicious pies and donated goods will also be available for purchase to the highest bidder at the entrance of the middle school from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit the seventh-grade Washington, D.C. trip, middle school incentives, and other field trip opportunities.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.
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