March 14, 2011: Pi and Pie DayDate: March 14, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, studies show that students taking four years of math courses including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one higher-level course are more likely to succeed not only in college, but in the workplace as well; and,
WHEREAS, it is on this day we encourage students to learn about Pi, a mathematical constant for the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter; Pi is an infinite number and with the help of technology, has been calculated to over 1 trillion non-repeating digits past the decimal; and,
WHEREAS, the Greek symbol for Pi (π) was first used in 1706 by Welsh mathematician William Jones, but was made popular in 1737 by Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler; and,
WHEREAS, though Pi is never ending, it is often limited to 3.14, and that is why we celebrate Pi and Pie Day on March 14; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we raise awareness and reiterate the vital role math and science education plays in the lives of our children, but we also encourage Michigan citizens to eat a piece of pie or pot pie made with fresh fruits or vegetables grown right here in our great state;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 14, 2011 as Pi and Pie Day in Michigan.