At my school we usually have pie day on March 14th (3.14). But that falls on a weekend this year, so our math department decided on a math awareness week. They had students design t-shirts for prizes. She was showing us the designs in class and it was funny because one of them said “I <3 math.” and she said what does this mean. And then one said “math ftw” and she said is this a bad phrase or what does it mean. It was funny to see how each generation is so different. I also think one of the best designs was a calculator with a chain around it. It was supposed to be t.i. like the wrapper because ti is texas instruments.

I read this post earlier today and I’ve given it some thought. What I’ve thought about are the experiences that I’ve had working with and being around students and young people in the FIRST programs. The majority of these folks have been helpful and kind and have found humor in the fact that I often have to ask for clarification and a broader understanding of the lingo, the attitudes, and the general coolness of this generation. In ChiefDelphi, teenagers, college students, and young adults have been open, generous, and thoughtful when trying to educate me and bring me up-to-date with terminology, bridging differences in experiences. I’ve felt very lucky. Hopefully, students in schools and other programs are as generous, helpful, and fun as the majority of those that are in the community of FIRST.

Perhaps Math Awareness “Week” (isn’t every day Math Aware?) should stretch from February 7th to March 14th. I’ve always felt that e doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

Why not celebrate january 6? That is the true golden number. Sure pi is cool and e is helpful, but ϕ is the coolest number in nature. And nobody respects it.

That’s really awesome. My math class is great and I could image them being a FIRST team because of all their wonderful charisma, so yes there are other places where students are being generous and helpful.

ϕ is really cool (when we derived the explicit definition of the Fibonacci sequence in Lin Alg it was like “O HAI GUYZ!”), but e is just SOOOOO useful, and has so many more stupid jokes. I’m sorry, but one cannot make a funny joke about a function that is it’s own derivative.

While we’re at it, we should select a random day of each year to be “+C” day.

At my school, we kind of do the same thing, only in one of our science classes, the teacher LOVES Mol Day. On October 23 (10/23) from 6:04 in the morning to 6:04 at night, it’s Mol Day. Get it? 6.04e^-23? haha People have actually made cards for our teacher to celebrate Mol day. She laughs so hard that day, which can actually be rare sometimes.

The History of PI (number not pastry). It is a brief history of PI that is mostly Anglo centric, but does touch on Middleeastern and Eastern PI history. I will warn you it is a bit hard on religion. Mostly because the church forced the accuracy of PI to go from 22/7 to 3 for about 500 years based off of something said in the bible.

It must be beautiful. A series of essays on history changing equations. Some notables, E=MC^2, chaos theory, string theory, and the equation that got funding for the search for E.T. Like any compliation of essays, some are better than others.

And for last Q.E.D. A series of proofs of different mathematical ideas and principles.

It was a password used by a former employer to access special menus in a software program. It’s amazing that after being gone for 6 years I still remember it.

I needed to use the urban dictionary to find out what I<3 and ftw meant. I’m getting old.

I’m not too far out of college and my team had to bring me up to speed on some DragonBall-Z “over 9000” quote…

Anyway, to solve your weekend Pi-day problem, you could hold it on Wednesday March 4th. The 3 is still the month, but the .14 turns into the percentage of the month. Since march has 31 days, 31*0.14 gives you the 4th.

My pre-calc teacher celebrates Pi Day on 3/14 every year, but since the 14 was a Saturday, we celebrated it on the 13. One person brought pie in and others brought in cookies. somebody even brought in lots of cupcakes and decorated them in such a way that when they were put on the tray, they made the Pi symbol (chocolate iced were pi symbol, vanilla iced were around it to show it clearly)