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Getting kids into math? Easy as pi

Treats, trivia marked Raytheon's Pi Day education effort

More than 100 middle school students from the MATHCOUNTS program stand in formation of the Greek letter Pi in celebration of Pi Day. The date, March 14 or 3/14, represented the first three digits of Pi, which is used in mathematics to express the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.

Math factors into children’s lives in infinite ways, and on March 14 – 3.14, or Pi Day – Raytheon served up a slice of proof that numbers are all around them.

The company celebrated the world’s most famous never-ending number by delivering pies to Boys & Girls Clubs around the country and dishing out facts about the trusty, time-honored decimal.

Pi is used to calculate the area of a circle, and its use dates back some 4,000 years. The number represents the ration of the distance around a circle, or circumference, to the distance across its center, or diameter. Pi begins with 3.14 and goes on infinitely.

This year’s Pi Day had special numerical significance: It occured on 3/14/15 – the first five numbers of Pi’s value. The next five – 92653 – came up at 9:26 a.m., 53 seconds into that minute.

Raytheon has observed Pi Day as part of its math-education outreach efforts for several years. Other programs include the traveling exhibit MathAlive!,  the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program, and the company’s sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS National Competition.

Published: 03/05/2015

Last Updated: 04/26/2016

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