Happy Pi Day!!! So this was my FIRST Pi day with students as in past years we were usually on Spring Break. But I can tell you it was EPIC!! I hope this will inspire you to plan your own Pi Day!

If you want to get kids excited, you need engagement. I ran Pi Day two different ways at two different schools. Here are all of the details and resources!

**Two Months before Pi Day, **the math teacher and I announced our first annual “Pi Bee”. The person to memorize and recite the most digits of Pi accurately would win a prize.

**One Month before Pi Day**, I asked local pizza places for donations for the big event. Mod Pizza in Wentzville donated $25 in gift cards for the winners.

I confirmed where we could hold the pi day in the school building and the time.

**Two weeks before Pi day**, I collected Pie Face games from parents and staff. I purchased a white crazy scientist wig and lab coat from Amazon. I plan to use them in my STEM Camp this summer as well, so I think it was a worthwhile investment. The wig was surprisingly good for the price however it is on the small side. The coat is a normal fit – so if you are normally a medium then get that size.

I also had parents sign up to bring in whipped cream, plates and gummy bears. We had extra gummy bears and will use them throughout the year. I asked a couple of parents to help set up as well. This was a big help at the beginning and end of the event.

I asked the art teacher if I could borrow a class set of markers or colored pencils.

I purchased and collected and copied additional materials for Pi Day. I had decorations and activities from last year. This year I added on a few more stations.

I printed and laminated Pi Day Decorations in preparation for the big day. These are my favorite – and FREE!

I collected string, rulers, cans, tubes, yogurt cups and anything else round for Pi Investigation Station. I would advise NOT using paper with circles drawn on them. It is very difficult and cumbersome. It is simpler to keep your toilet paper tubes!

I asked any staff members free during first hour to come and join the pi day fun. They would also get their faces full of pie 🙂

**Activities I used included:**

Pi Day Art Poster – this station has the students coloring different posters which will form one large poster.

Pi Bee Certificate and Stations – This set included a pi bee certificate which I gave to each of the winners. I work at two different schools, so I had two 1st place winners. There are activities I used as well.

Pi Day Word Station – I included various word searches that I found online.

**More Pi Day Actvities for Stations**:

No Prep Pi Day Activities: Includes another word search

Graphing and Coloring: includes a bar graph activity and art activity

Poster: Free poster

**Pi Day Extensions:**

For my gifted education class, I used a Pi Day breakout where the students had to solve puzzles and use pi to figure out the locks. All of the materials are in the shared folder here.

**The Day is Here!!!**

Pi Day finally had arrived! Here is how our day went so you can have your own pi day too!

- Pi Day Slideshow
- Introduced Albert Einstein and who he was and why the day was so special. Introduced what pi actually is and had it up on the large projector.
- Pie Contest!! This can go first or last. We had paper plates with one gummy bear in each. Then the plates were covered in whipped cream. The staff members and I had to find the gummy bear and show everyone first – withOUT using your hands!!
- Pi Bee – contestants came up and gave the digits of pi. This part will go by much faster than you think! I had two of us judging so it would be fair in case there was a close call.
- The pi bee winner was announced and given his or her certificate and prize.
- Explained the stations. The pi bee contestants had to do a lot of hard work – so they were allowed to do a little bit of the stations and played the pie face game the rest of the time.
- We switched between stations every 10-15 minutes.
- The end! Some students helped clean up and we were good to go!

That was it! We all had a blast – now go start planning for Pi Day!