Thirty years ago, physicist Larry Shaw led a parade of pie-gobbling math and science enthusiasts at the San Francisco Exploratorium in the very first Pi Day celebration.
Today, March 14th is officially recognized in the U.S. as a day to appreciate not only the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, but also the importance of math, science and engineering as “essential for a knowledge-based society.”
Want to celebrate Pi Day at work today? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Make Room for More STEM
When the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution designating March 14th as Pi Day, they called out the importance of STEM in education. But knowledge of math, science and engineering can also help your career, long after graduation.
Many companies are moving to a compensation strategy that rewards performance. Sounds good, right? But if you’re not one of the most valued workers at your organization, you might find yourself stuck with the median raise of 3 percent, which will barely make a ripple in your bank account after taxes.
Workers with in-demand technical skills are able to command better raises and higher starting salaries. PayScale’s Salary Survey can tell you the value of your current skillset on the job market. Then, you can figure out how to close your own personal skills gap to get to the next level.
2. Bake (or Buy) a Pi Day Pie
If your office has a kitchen — and your schedule has enough room in it for team-building activities today — you might consider baking a Pi Day Pie with your coworkers.
Today’s Google Doodle offers inspiration and a Pi Day Pie recipe from pastry chef and Cronut® inventor Dominique Ansel. But let’s be honest, all pie is good pie — pick your favorite recipe and get baking. You can even decorate your finished product with pi symbols, if you choose.
Don’t have time to bake? Buy a pie and share it with your team. Free food is always welcome, especially when it has a fun, nerdy theme.
3. Look at These Cute Animals and Babies Dressed as Pies
If you spend any time on social media today, you’re bound to see some pretty cute photos of babies and pets dressed up as pi pies.
Go ahead and enjoy the cuteness. Looking at photos of adorable things makes you more productive, according to these awesome researchers. And what better way to take a break from the more serious parts of your workday?
Tell Us What You Think
How are you celebrating Pi Day today? We want to hear from you. Share your pies, costumes and celebration ideas in the comments or join the conversation on Twitter.