Edinboro University’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department will celebrate all things Pi – the mathematical constant commonly approximated as 3.14 – during National Pi Day on Thursday, March 14.
Throughout the morning, several hundred high school students will participate in a plethora of Pi-related activities and contests including Pi trivia, Pi memorization and recitation, Tower of Hanoi, a Rubik’s Cube challenge and Hacking 101.
“You will be impressed by how many digits of Pi that winners are able to recite,” said Dr. Anne Quinn, chairperson of EU’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department. “Past Rubik's Cube contests have yielded multiple winners who could solve the cube in less than a minute.”
Edinboro students and faculty members will also offer information sessions about pursuing careers in mathematics, computer science, actuarial science, statistics and data analytics.
Associate professor Dr. Korey Kilburn will deliver this year’s keynote address, “Thinking Out of the Parallelepiped,” during two interactive presentations, set for 1 and 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center. The evening presentation is free and open to the public.
“We are excited to welcome local students to our campus in honor of Pi Day for the eleventh straight year,” Quinn said. “The events should be fun for everyone, including those who already like math and those who, we hope, will like it by the end of the day.”