It's official: this Saturday is Pi Day. I don't mean official in the sense that all of us mathy, geeky types have always celebrated March 14th (3/14, kind of like 3.14, the first three digits of Pi, for the less mathy types out there) in some small way, but really official in the sense that Congress approved a resolution Wednesday making the day National Pi Day.
The resolution out of the House of Representatives is typically verbose, but it's actually a cool gesture. Essentially, the resolution calls on "schools to take the opportunity to teach their students about Pi and 'engage them about the study of mathematics,'" according to a CNet post.
How will you be celebrating Pi Day? Keeping in mind that Pi is a constant representing the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, circular stuff is probably in order. There are probably very few mathematicians or scientists who would turn down a free piece of pie, or at least a slice of pizza.
Here's to Pi, and here's hoping that our lawmakers follow up their "cool gesture" with some real action on educational reform in the country. As SEFORA pointed out,
If only they would take the time to pass a bill that truly invests in science and math education. Funny they have not had the courage to promote the celebration of Darwin’s birthday or push for rigorous science standards in the US including the teaching of evolution.