By Seth Kubersky
Readers of Douglas Adams are aware that 42 is the ultimate answer, but true number aficionados know that Pi is the coolest mathematical constant. In honor of the numerical series that starts with 3.14, the Orlando Science Center is celebrating National Pi Day on March 14, 2016, with a schedule of special activities themed to the Greek symbol so beloved by circle-calculating geometry students everywhere.
Believe it or not, National Pi Day is a real thing, officially recognized by U.S. House of representatives in 2009. According to Orlando Science Center, the day is a “celebration of the mathematical constant which has a plethora of uses in science disciplines including cosmology, thermodynamics and electromagnetism, just to name a few.”
In honor of Pi, visitors to the Center between noon and 3 p.m. on March 14 can get creative with pie-inspired coffee filter art, take aim at the legendary Greek symbol by throwing pies, and make pi bead bracelets. And of course, pie will be on the menu in OSC’s Subway Café starting at 12:45 p.m. (Limited availability; first come, first served.)
Pi Day activities are included with admission to Orlando Science Center, which costs $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and students, and $13.95 for kids 3 – 11. OSC is located at 777 E. Princeton Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. For more information on Pi Day activities at the Science Center, please call 407.514.2000 or visit www.osc.org.