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Celebrating Pi Day: Finding Math in the Real World

Celebrating Pi Day: Finding Math in the Real World

Happy Pi Day! Every year on March 14th educators and students (plus a few die-hard math enthusiasts) celebrate the useful mathematical constant that begins with the digits 3.14. The day is always a crowd-pleaser with students, largely thanks to classroom celebrations involving a different kind of pie, but it’s also a great chance to point out the more practical value of mathematics in general. Here’s 10 real-world applications of math that your students may not have considered:

  1. Measuring ingredients for recipes
  2. Determining the total cost of food at the grocery store sold by weight
  3. Calculating sports statistics like win/loss ratios, batting averages, and goals per game
  4. Finding out how much money will be saved by using a coupon
  5. Plotting out the most efficient route on a map
  6. Determining interest earned in a savings account or accrued on a loan
  7. Calculating the time difference between different cities
  8. Reading a sheet of music to understand the time signature, counting, and rhythm of a song
  9. Completing household projects, like assembling furniture, building a deck, or buying paint
  10. Predicting the path of rain and snowstorms

Getting students excited about math may not always be the simplest task for teachers, but building a solid foundation of math skills is critical to success in the classroom—and it simply makes life easier to students! So, take advantage of this Pi Day to not only share a tasty classroom treat, but also sell your students on the real-world applications of math learning. If you’re in need of some engaging classroom ideas, both Education World and Edutopia have compiled great collections of Pi Day activities.

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Sarah Cornelius is an Associate Product Manager at Edmentum and has been with the company since 2014. In her role, she works to provide educators with engaging and insightful resources. Sarah received her B.S. in Professional Communications and Emerging Media from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.