**be
well-rounded….CELEBRATE**** ***PI*** DAY !!!!**

** What’s pi?** Pi comes from dividing the distance

** What’s “Pi Day”?** We can write March 14 as 3-14, and 3.14 is the
beginning of that special number

**Pi Day SONGS: **

• I
wrote **“American Pi” **(click **HERE** to
hear a demo recording and click **HERE**
for the lyric and lesson) to present historical highlights (and mnemonic for
the first 6 significant figures) of the number pi, and may be sung to the tune
of Don McLean’s #1 hit “American Pie”. Varying versions have appeared in
several books and journals* *and a rockin’ partial rendition by* *Calvin Coolidge (a band of then-high schoolers in Cleveland)
appears at* *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll_45NomcFk. ** On 3/14/15, the
National Museum of Mathematics announced that my song won its “Pi Day of the
Century” song contest,** and this yielded media coverage (see
bottom of this webpage).

• I wrote **“Circle Song”**
to help secondary school students recall –and distinguish-- the two most common
formulas associated with circles. Click **HERE** to
hear my demo recording, or **HERE**
to see a video and read my lyric and accompanying commentary in *Journal
of Mathematics and the Arts*.

• my
favorite pi songs by others:** **facstaff.bloomu.edu/kferland/Pi_Songs/songs.html
(also, see https://youtu.be/XLK89OXaxz8 ; teachpi.org/music/rap.htm ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZSHr5E7fZY
; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs464DqnPTo&feature=related
; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqdm8Rtj5PY&feature=player_profilepage

**Pi
day RADIO SCRIPT: **listeners of
NPR-station KTEP (88.5 FM) have heard several mid-March airings of my special
“Pi Day” edition of the “Desert Diaries” show, which is archived on the
Centennial Museum’s website: http://museum2.utep.edu/archive/math/DDpiday.htm** **

**Pi day
classroom COMICS activity: **my “Cartoon Corner” in the March 2007 *Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School,
12*(7), pp. 383, 387

**resource ARTICLES for
classroom teachers:** Check out my article “Slices of Pi: Rounding Up
Ideas for Celebrating Pi Day” in pages 6-11 of the fall 2004 *Texas Mathematics Teacher*, which you can
find here.
Also of interest is Sandra A. Daire’s Pi Day article
“Celebrating Mathematics All Year ‘Round” in the March 2010 *Mathematics Teacher*, *103*(7), 509-513. I published related
articles in *The
Jewish Educator* and *Journal of
Mathematics Education.*

**RESEARCH ARTICLE I co-wrote about family math nights which
featured pi activities:** “Parent Power
Nights: A Vehicle for Engaging Adults/Families in Learning Mathematics” in the Nov.
2008 *Adults Learning Mathematics International Journal, 3*(2b),
36-52.

__Pi Day Outreach__: I’ve
helped produce pi day events for elementary school students (e.g., Canutillo ES; see, for example, the
article starting on p. 36 of http://www.alm-online.net/images/ALM/journals/almij-volume3_2_b_nov2008.pdf), middle school students (e.g., Henderson MS, as on p. 13
of http://mikestoneblog.com/_portfolio_page/multimedia/magazines-newspapers/magazine-props-for-kids-1.pdf; EPJA,
see http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/EPJA2008piday.gif
or https://thejewisheducator.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/lesser1.pdf), high school students (e.g., Emery HS in Houston; see article
starting on p. 6 of http://tctmonline.org/TCTMdrupal/sites/default/files/docs/TMT_archive/TMT_2000s/TMT_2004_Fall.pdf), and
college students (e.g., with the UTEP Math Dept's undergraduate math club, Club Zero: see, for
example, the last page of http://www.math.utep.edu/dept/maxima/MaximaFall07.pdf). Finally,
I was announced by “Math Matters at
Taylor & Francis” social media on 4/8/15 as a winner of its 2015 Pi Day (of
the Century) haiku contest for this entry: In America, / Pi Day of the Century
/ was transcendental!

*pi-pourri*** of other links: **

the 2012 movie Life of Pi is based
on a book about which mathematical questions are posed in “Slices of Pi:
Rounding Up Ideas for Celebrating Pi Day” in pages 6-11 of the fall 2004 *Texas Mathematics Teacher*, which you can
find here: http://tctmonline.org/downloads/TMT_Journal/TMT_Fall_04.pdf.

http://www.piday.org/ http://www.pidayinternational.org/ http://piday.momath.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

www.piacrossamerica.org teachpi.org www.pidye.com http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=2147483830

illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=161** **www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/pi/

mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.pi.html www.mathmuseum.org/piday.htm www.mathwithmrherte.com/pi_day.htm

www.avoision.com/experiments/pi10k/pi10k.html en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day http://megsl.org/pi.html

www.kathimitchell.com/pi.html mathworld.wolfram.com/Pi.html www.pi-world-ranking-list.com/lists/index.html

www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Pi_through_the_ages.html www.joyofpi.com/pilinks.html

eveander.com/trivia/ www.projectmathematics.com/storypi.htm www.mste.uiuc.edu/activity/estpi

polymer.bu.edu/java/java/montepi/montepiapplet.html www.math.utah.edu/~alfeld/Archimedes/Archimedes.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG7vhMMXagQ

http://giveupinternet.com/2011/06/17/pi-constant-and-pie-mathematical-mind-blown-pic/

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2011/03/a-musical-interpretation-of-pi.html

**MEDIA COVERAGE OF MY ACTIVITIES
RELATED TO PI DAY:**

UTEP Facebook
post (2017, March 14).

Herrera,
Valerie (2015, April 7). Professor wins pi day of the century contest. *The Prospector*, *100*(23), 9.

Also: http://theprospectordaily.com/showcase/2015/04/07/professor-wins-pi-day-of-the-century-contest/

Cohen, C. G. (2015,
April). Larry Lesser wins ‘Pi Day of the Century’ song contest. *The Jewish Voice*, p. 14.

Masterson,
Veronique (2015, March 20). [story on my winning national pi day song contest
was the closing

(and longest) story that week] *UTEP Headlines Video Newscast*, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuaXz3sIcMc

UTEP News
(2015, March 16). Math song wins on pi day of the century. http://news.utep.edu/?p=29484

Facebook.com/UTEPMiners (2015, March 14, 3:14pm). 2:38 video posted of
me explaining Pi Day

Lopez, Meghan
(2015, March 14, at 9:10pm). KFOX-TV newscast, with online story by Adriana

Candelaria posted at http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/UTEP-professor-nominated-for-Pi-Day-of-the-Century-song-award-102922.shtml#.VQUYz2TF-gI

Rodriguez,
Ashlie (2015, March 14, at 5:14pm, 6:09pm, 10:09pm). ABC-affiliate KVIA-TV
newscast

Wadsworth, Ford
(2015, March 22-28). Pi news [Whispers column]. *El Paso Inc.,* *21*(30), 7A.

Martinez, Aaron
(2015, March 15). UTEP professor wins songwriting contest
[18 column inches]. *El Paso *

*Times*, *135*(74),
B1. [story also appeared online at http://elpasotimes.com/news/ci_27713752/utep-professor-wins-pi-day-century-songwriting-contest
the day before with same text but with different headline]

Lopez, Meghan
(2015, March 14, at 10:15pm). CBS-affiliate KDBC-TV newscast, with online story
by

Adriana Candelaria posted at http://www.cbs4local.com/news/features/local-headlines/stories/MatheMusician-professor-engages-students-in-music-and-math-102935.shtml#.VQWS12TF-g

“El Paso Jewish Academy to Celebrate its
First Pi Day!” (April 2008). *The Jewish Voice*, p. 19.

“Pi x 300 years = fun for Canutillo
students”, March 3, 2006, *El Paso Times*, *126*(62), p. B6 West.

“Celebrating Pi”, March 15, 2006 *UTEP
Horizons Online Ne*ws, Que Pasa.

“Pi Day” segment (including interview with
me) from Canutillo ES on 10pm newscast on El Paso’s CBS-affiliate

KDBC-TV on
March 1, 2006; also, on El Paso’s KINT-TV (Univision, Channel 26).

“Henderson Middle” (June 2005),* El Paso
PROPS Magazine*, p. 15

“Pi Day Celebration” (May 2005), *Newsletter
of Greater El Paso Council of Teachers of Mathematics*, *4*(5), 1-2.