
As March 14 approaches, it’s time to get ready to celebrate Pi Day! It’s the annual holiday that pays tribute to the number that results from dividing any circle's circumference by its diameter. Pi is used all the time at NASA to explore Earth, Mars, and worlds beyond.
Pi Day comes around only once a year, giving us a reason to chow down on our favorite sweet and savory pies while we appreciate the mathematical marvel that helps NASA explore Earth, the solar system, and beyond. There’s no better way to observe this day than by getting students exploring space right along with NASA by doing the math in our Pi Day Challenge.
Visit our Teachable Moments blog to find out how students can put their math mettle to the test and solve real problems faced by NASA scientists and engineers as they explore the cosmos! Plus, explore the resources below to discover even more ways to celebrate Pi Day with NASA.






Here's everything you need to bring the NASA Pi Day Challenge into the classroom. 
Mathematics  Grades 412
Time: Varies




The entire NASA Pi Day Challenge collection can be found in one, handy slideshow for students. 
Mathematics  Grades 412
Time: Varies






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In this challenge, students will use a model robotic arm to move items from one location to another. They will engage in the engineering design process to design, build and operate the arm. 
Engineering  Grades K8
Time: 3060 minutes




Whip up a moonlike crater with baking ingredients as a demonstration for students. 
Science  Grades 16
Time: 3060 minutes






In this lesson, students build a paper helicopter, then improve the design and compare and measure performance. 
Engineering  Grades 28
Time: 3060 minutes




Students learn how waves are used in communication between faraway spacecraft and the Deep Space Network on Earth. 
Science  Grades 38
Time: 3060 minutes




Students kinesthetically model the mathematics of how NASA communicates with spacecraft. 
Mathematics  Grades 412
Time: 12 hours






In this activity, students learn how light and energy are spread throughout space. The rate of change can be expressed mathematically, demonstrating why spacecraft like NASA’s Juno need so many solar panels. 
Science  Grades 68
Time: Less than 30 minutes




In this intermediatelevel programming challenge, students use microdevices along with light and mirrors to build a relay that can send information to a distant detector. 
Technology  Grades 812
Time: 12 hours




Students use math to investigate a reallife asteroid impact. 
Mathematics  Grades 812
Time: 3060 minutes






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