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National Pi Day Celebration March 14

3/11/2016 10:13:04 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

National Pi Day is the only holiday to honor a number, 3.14, on March 14th.  New Mexico Junior College’s Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society) is celebrating with a Pi Day Fair and Festival Monday, March 14th, from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.  The event is free for the public.

“It’s a carnival of Math and Science”, says Shyla McGill, NMJC mathematics instructor and Mu Alpha Theta advisor.  “We want families to attend, with children of all ages participating in fun experiments and math activities. Plus March 14th is Albert Einstein’s birthday, so we’ll have free “pie” and free pizza, donated by Pizza Inn, Big Cheese and Dominos.”

Several door prizes will be given away, including grand prizes of an Xbox One with Tara Byte and 4 games, as well as two Amazon Kindle Fire tablets.

“Last year we had several hundred children and adults attend, and we expect even more this year,” says McGill.

“We want children to discover that math and science are fun but also necessary in today’s world.”

Mu Alpha Theta is sponsoring a separate carnival that morning from 9:00am to 12 noon for a select group of fifth grade classes in Lea County.  “This is the age when children begin to have a better comprehension of geometry and mathematics.  We want to get them excited about math and science.”

March 14th was recognized as National Pi Day by the U. S. House of Representatives on March 12, 2009.

The event is sponsored by New Mexico Junior College, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) and the Community Drug Coalition of Lea County (CDC)

For information: Shyla McGill at smcgill@nmjc.edu

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