At NISC we used Pi day as a way of highlighting mathematicians and some of their great discoveries. It allowed for an opportunity to explore more about the people themselves and understand a little about the world that they lived in. Students had small activities to explore some of the ideas that these mathematicians contributed and some of the wider reaching ways that they contributed to our development.
Some of the different mathematicians looked at were:
Fibonnaci - One of the great Italian mathematicians most famous for his sequence. Students looked at his childhood and how the sequence occurs in nature.
Maryam Mirzakhani - A trailblazer for women in Mathematics. Maryam was the first female to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in Mathematics, for her studies in complex geometry (and more!).
Pythagoras theorem - A well loved theorem we all remember but what about some elegant ways to prove it? Students looked at a Euclidean proof of the theorem amongst others.
Euler - Perhaps one of the most prolific of all the great mathematicians, students explored the formula of faces, vertices and edges of polyhedron.
Our students all enjoyed the opportunity to explore the background and ideas behind these mathematicians and have a deeper appreciation of all things mathematical.