March 14th may seem like just any other day, but for many it has become National PI (π) Day. It has grown into a day to celebrate mathematics specifically the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter which is approximately 3.14159. We often don’t realize it, but PI is being used around us every day. When we use our GPS for directions it uses PI to calculate locations. NASA scientists and also engineers use it to study the various characters of planets. Those in aviation use it to calculate flight time, how much fuel they will need on their trip, and to design airplanes.
Many who celebrate eat different kinds of pies, some pizza restaurants join in the festivities with deals of $3.14 for their pizza pies. But for hundreds of female Meteorologists across the country, it has become something completely new in the last three years. This year will mark the third annual #DressForSTEM an event where “Weather broadcasters from across the country will once again reunite on Pi Day to encourage the involvement of women and young girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).” As described in the article “Why hundreds of female meteorologists are donning purple for Pi Day”this year is slightly different in that they are celebrating women in all STEM fields, not just broadcast meteorology. So, this year make sure you wear something purple on March 14th!
Williams, Ashley. “Why hundreds of female meteorologists are donning purple for Pi Day”AccuWeather. March 14, 2018. Web.