Getting kids into math? Easy as pi
Treats, trivia marked Raytheon's Pi Day education effort
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.