March 14, 2015 will be a date of celebration for many "math nerds" around the country. Whether you celebrate the date, or think it's a little too silly, it's fun to see all of the creativity that pours out of mathematicians, designers, writers, and artists alike as "Pi Day" approaches each year. This year's date is even more momentous than usual- at 9:26:53 AM and PM, the date and time will represent the first 10 digits of pi. 3.141592653... If you count your milliseconds and beyond, to each infinitessimally small fraction of a second, the date and time will represent the infinite digits of pi between 9:26:53 and 9:26:54.
So why not celebrate the day with a party? It can easily be put together with a pizza pie and dessert pie. But what about adding a bottle opener in the shape of the Greek letter? What about a banner stringing the ubiquitous digits across the wall? We loved this blog post by UncommonGoods. Here they detail how to throw a proper Pi Day party.
To make throwing your party a little simpler, UncommonGoods is giving away this product, their Pi Basket, to one lucky Center of Math reader. This company, headquarted in Brooklyn, is a privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique designsand handcrafted gifts created without harm to the environment, animals, or people. Their mission is to support and provide a platform for the artists and designers of their products, and to use their business to impact the world in a positive way. Right on the UncommonGoods website, visitors can submit their own product designs, view the company's non-profit partners, and digitally tour the creative studio.
We explored the Pi products that UncommonGoods has to offer (see them all by clicking here). Tori's favorite was definitely the "i eight sum pi" plate set! You could pair the pi plates with some "pumpkin pi..." And Zach really likes the bowl and basket. The basket, the prize of our giveaway, looks elegant enough to stay on a countertop year-round. It will be a conversation starter every day, instead of just March 14th.
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To enter the contest, please leave a comment on the blog page below and share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Let us know in the comment if you have any plans for Pi Day, or if you have any other ideas for a Pi celebration! The winning comment on the blog will be chosen by a random number generator, and the contest will conclude at 11:00 AM EST on Friday 3/12/2015. UPDATE: Contest has concluded. Thanks for participating!