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Pi Day 20th Anniversary Schedule of Events

For Immediate Release:
March 01, 2008

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Pi Day 20th Anniversary Schedule of Events

Friday, March 14
3/14 1:59pm
(It’s also Einstein’s birthday!)
Online at http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi



Welcome to the 20th celebration of Pi Day, an international "geek" holiday founded at the Exploratorium. The schedule of ritualistic festivities is as follows:











1pm
Ask a Scientist’s Pi Day Puzzles
With Wes Carroll
Very clever people in ancient Greece figured out how to calculate the now-famous ratio between a circle's circumference and its diameter. They called it "pi," and in tribute to their discovery, we still call it by the same name. Test your cleverness with Pi Day aficionado and math whiz Wes Carroll, who will present a tricky puzzle or two (or three) for you to think about and maybe even solve. Perhaps in thousands of years they'll remember your discoveries too.

1pm
Why Pi?
Find out what's so special about this irrational number. Featuring Exploratorium staff Lori Lambertson and Ron Hipschman.

1-3pm
Cutting Pi & Pi String Beading
Join our High School Explainers and volunteers for a personal, hands-on Pi experience.

1:30pm
Pi Procession Gathers

Pick up your Pi Day signs here and join the procession up to the Pi Shrine. Larry Shaw, the Father of Pi Day, leads the way.

1:45pm
Pi Day in a Virtual World

The Exploratorium has a museum in the virtual world of Second Life, called the 'Splo. Come to a Pi Day, mixed-reality event, hosted by staff physicist Paul Doherty. We'll webcast your image into Second Life, while bringing you images of Pi exhibits from Second Life.

1:50pm
Pi Procession Marches to Pi Shrine on Mezzanine Level

Parade with the stream of Pi numerals, chanting the Pi Day song. Circumambulate around the Pi Shrine.

2:05pm
Pie Serving

Have a slice of Marie Callender's pie on us -- while quantities last.

2-3pm
Spin, Splat, & Spray Art

Revisit the Classic 'Spin Art' -- Exploratorium style. Come see how drips and drops create circulate splashes of color and take your creation home to remember Pi Day.

3pm
The Physics of Pi(e) Tossing
Physics, Cream Pies, and the Three Stooges

Come and join us, for you never know when you’ll find yourself needing to (successfully) throw a Whipped Cream Pie at someone. See it live here.




Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

Admission
$25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

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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