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Pi Day Celebrations at Explorit

This article appeared in the March 4, 2016 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

 

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

 

Pi Day celebrations are coming to Explorit Science Center a little early this year. You can catch all the math fun on Sunday, March 13 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

The Greek letter Pi signifies the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The number Pi is a mathematical constant whose decimal representation is never ending, but it’s first five digits are 3.1415, so every March 14th celebrates this geometric joy.

 

Pi has been in use since ancient civilizations. It was calculated to five digits in India and to seven digits in China in the fifth century C.E. It may have been used to help plan the construction of the Egyptian pyramids.

 

But it wasn’t until the 18th century that Pi got its name after the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet. William Jones published the letter Pi in reference to a fraction of a circle’s circumference in 1706 in his work New Introduction to the Mathematics.

 

Forty years later, Leonhard Euler repeated this use in a much more widely circulated text, and Pi caught on. It’s been a standard name in Western mathematics ever since.

 

Celebrate this auspicious arithmetical occasion with Explorit Science Center, appropriately located at 3141 5th St. in Davis. On Sunday, March 13 we’ll have a whole afternoon full of spherical fun, for the special admission price of just $3.14 (free to all Explorit members).

 

The festivities begin at noon with circle fun ongoing throughout the day. Sidewalk-Chalk It Up to Math by drawing and measuring your own circles. Discover Pi with LED tape-lights. Or test out the water columns in our Exploration Gallery with the Sphere Drop to explore the area of various objects.

 

And don’t miss “Mathful of Pi”, an interactive math exploration in our West Wing. It’s an awesome opportunity for some incredible, innovative math experiences!

 

Or bring your own bike to find out What’s the Deal with Wheels? Use a bike “calculator” to measure how fast you’re pedaling and discover how Pi can help you track your bike’s speed.

 

Plus, enter the drawing to win one of six certificates for a free fruit pie from Ikeda’s Fruit Stand. Come on out and celebrate some math this March with Pi Day at Explorit!

 

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Explorit’s coming events:

 

  • Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition!
  • Interested in helping out the community through board membership? Explorit is currently seeking individuals in the community to serve as members of our volunteer board. Please call or email for additional information on how to apply.
  • Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!
  • Birthdays are back at Explorit!  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.

 

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

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