Getting kids into math? Easy as pi

Treats, trivia marked Raytheon's Pi Day education effort

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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.

Last Updated: 12/08/2017