THE SWEETEST WAYS TO CELEBRATE P I DAY Another Slice of Pi(e)
Break out your calculators and grab your aprons because it’s almost Pi Day! This holiday has gained popularity among mathematicians and bakers alike — two groups that rarely overlap.
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To make things simple, we often round pi up to 3.14, but many people have challenged themselves to memorize and recite as many digits as possible. In the Guinness Book of World Records, the record is currently held by Rajveer Meena, who recited pi to the 70,000th digit on March 21, 2015. And he did it all while blindfolded!
Pi Day is March 14, which when written numerically is 3/14, the first three digits of
the mathematical constant pi. Pi is special because it’s used to calculate the circumference of a circle. This
might not sound like a big deal, but pi is used in engineering, construction, GPS, motors, power generation, and even television! If we hadn’t calculated pi, none of these achievements would be possible. Pi is pretty important, and it’s definitely worth celebrating! Here are two ways you can get in on the fun. Learn to Recite Pi Pi has fascinated mathematicians for centuries because it’s an irrational number, meaning the digits go on forever. If you want to try your hand at memorizing some of the numbers, here are the first 50 decimal digits of pi (with spaces, so they’re easier to remember!).
Eat Some Pie Another popular way to enjoy Pi Day is to bake and eat pie. This dessert is perfect because it’s both a homophone (same pronunciation as “pi” but with a different spelling and meaning) and a circle. Challenge your friends to a pie-baking contest, or buy your favorite pie from the store and have a pie-eating contest. And, while this may be a controversial stance, we believe pizza pie deserves a place in Pi Day celebrations, too.
Here’s to Pi Day: the tastiest, nerdiest holiday of the year!
THE BEST WAYS TO CE L EBRATE THE B IG GREEN DAY St. Patrick’s Day Events
If you read our February edition, you know how surprised we were about how many STEM events our community has to offer! Admittedly, when thinking of how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we were a little worried about how many things would be going on in Grand Rapids. Luckily enough, we were amazed yet again to see how much the area has to offer for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! Street Festivities At 11 a.m. on March 16, join the downtown community for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Experience an array of authentic Irish music, dancing, and culture. Afterward, stay in the downtown area for Irish on Ionia. If you’re unfamiliar, this is Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street party. The festivities include live music, food from the neighborhood’s top local vendors, and, of course, green beer. The party concludes at 10 p.m., so you will have plenty of time to check out everything else the community has to offer. Bars and Breweries St. Patrick’s Day is Flanagan’s Christmas. If you’ve never been, Flanagan’s is an Irish-themed bar in the heart of downtown. This year, they’re pulling out all the stops with a two-day Irish celebration March 16–17. On the 16, Flanagan’s is hosting three live bands, and on the 17, there will be three different live bands.
Are you a fan of breweries? Be sure to check out HopCat Downtown on March 16. The pub is showcasing the eco-friendliest breweries in the area. If you’re looking for something different, from 6–9 p.m., hop on the Grand Rapids Beer Trolley for a tour of all the local breweries! Events and Celebrations If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming
exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is fun for everyone! Keeping in theme, the event displays some of the world’s greenest butterflies! For the runner in your family, consider the 36th Annual Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K! It follows a USA Track & Field- certified course around East Grand Rapids. If any of these events suit you and your family, be sure to check them out on the big green day! You can find updates on these and other significant St. Patrick’s Day events at Michigan.org/events!
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