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24th Annual Pi Day - March 14th, 2012

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24th Annual Pi Day - March 14th, 2012

24th Annual Pi Day
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
(It’s also Einstein’s birthday)

Pi Festivities @ 12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

From San Francisco to Shanghai, in museums, universities, classrooms, and in private homes around the world, people are celebrating the 24th Annual Pi Day -- an international holiday born at San Francisco’s Exploratorium -- on Wednesday, March 14, at 1:59 p.m.

The number is Pi (?),  3.1415926535…ad infinitum.  It’s the number you get when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter. It cannot be expressed as a fraction.

It’s also the date and time of festivities at the Exploratorium and a special occasion to celebrate some of the Exploratorium’s quirky scientific traditions before the museum moves to Pier 15 in 2013. Most importantly, at 3 p.m. the brass Pi Shrine will be ceremoniously removed in preparation for its reinstallation at museum’s new location.

This international “geek” holiday was founded in 1988 by Exploratorium’s physicist and Prince of Pi Larry Shaw.  Mathematical pi and puns thereof are the toasts of the day.  Go forth and immerse yourself in the quirky, ritualistic festivities and antics - lovingly prepared from scratch - by Exploratorium staff and collaborators.  Join other enthusiastic museum visitors in Pi Day songs, bead a pi string, march around the museum, and eat food symbolic of this special number (an apple or pizza pie). A free, limited number of delicious, savory vegan garbanzo bean Peasant Pies will be available to visitors,

Pi Day events will be presented with Spanish, Chinese and English text as well as by multilingual Explainers.

See a Pi Day chain reaction on YouTube.

To see documentation of previous Pi Day events at the Exploratorium, watch these videos:

Pi Day’s Delectable Activities Schedule

For more about pi go to http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi

12:45 p.m.            Join the Explainers for a special homage to Albert Einstein and pi.

1:00 p.m.              What is Pi?
Learn about Pi and meet its founder, Larry Shaw.  Find out what’s so special about this irrational number. Featuring talks by Exploratorium staff members Lori Lambertson and Ron Hipschman.

1:30 p.m.              Pi Procession gathers at the McBean Theater
Everyone is assigned a digit of pi and takes their place in the march to the Pi Shrine.

1:50 p.m.              Pi Procession leaves for Skylight/Pi Shrine
Parade in an infinite stream of Pi numerals, chanting the Pi Day song to the Pi Shrine.

1:59 p.m.              Pi Procession arrives at Pi Shrine
Circumambulate (that means ritualistic circling in a meditative state) the Pi Shrine 3.14 times and sing Happy Birthday to Albert Einstein.

2:00 p.m.              Voila, you’re initiated and now a Pi-ist.

2:15 p.m.              Pi(e) Serving!
Have a slice of pie on us – while quantities last!

3:00 pm                 Removal of the Pi Shrine
Ceremonial removal of the Pi Shrine to be reinstalled at our new home at Pier 15.

Ongoing Afternoon Activities
•    “Cutting Pi” and Pi String Beading
•    Join Exploratorium educators Isabel Hawkins and Modesto Tamez, our high-school Explainers and volunteers for a personal, hands-on Pi experience

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Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

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Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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