For Pi day, a free virtual field trip all about 3.14159
By Stephen Noonoo
March 10th, 2015
To help celebrate Pi day, Discovery Education will host a live virtual field trip to the laboratories of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) featuring mathematicians and scientists demonstrating practical uses of the numerical value of the ratio of the circumference of a circle on March 13—Pi day eve. (3/14 falls on a Saturday this year).
During this 30-minute virtual field trip, students will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the NIST facilities, exploring its nanotechnology section, 3D lab, fire research division, and underground labs. Speakers will discuss the role of Pi and mathematics in the operation of the everyday products and services, such as skyscrapers, jetliners, computers, video games, cell phones, and cars.
“I am thrilled to give my students the opportunity to participate in Discovery Education’s Pi Day virtual field trip,” said Norma Rockwell at Teacher at Carver-Edisto Middle School in Orangeburg, S.C. “This event will show my class how Pi is being used all around us to solve meaningful, real-world problems, demonstrate NIST’s important work, and highlight the exciting career paths in STEM available to today’s students.”
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Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.