Let them eat Pi
Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) Sarawak Branch, Graduate and Student (G&S)Section celebrates engineering week and Pi Day
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
I have never been a fan of mathematics, but how cool is it that the mathematical constant Pi (π) which has the approximate value of 3.1415 is represented on the calender date of 3/14/15, a date that gives the first six digits of the number Pi in the United States format?
Celebrated around the globe, Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th annually in commemorating the mathematical constant Pi. But this year seemed to be a special one since the date 3/14/15 which represent the special constant is a sequence that would not occur for another century.
On March 14th and 15th, in conjunction of Pi Day, an engineering exhibition was held at CityOne MegaMall organized by the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) Sarawak Branch, Graduate and Student (G&S)Section.
According to organising chairman, Jason Yeo Kok Seng, who is the Vice Chairman II of the G&S Section, the event known as ‘IEM Engineering Exhibition and Pi-Day Challenge’ was held to promote, enhance the interest and educate the future of young students in engineering, where the event itself served as a platform for the public to understand what engineering is about and what does an engineer do.
“In conjunction with Pi Day, the G&S committee members took this opportunity to organize an engineering exhibition and games in addition to of educating about the history of Pi which is introduced in mathematic in secondary school,” said Jason.
Pi Day was first celebrated in 1988. It was organised by physicist Larry Shaw at the San Francisco Exploratorium where he was working. In honour of Pi Day, he led staff and members of the public to march around the circular space and later eat fruit pies.
On March 12, 2009, the United State House of Representatives recognised March 14th 2009 as National Pi Day.
Google presented a Google Doodle in 2010 to celebrate the holiday with the word Google laid over in images of circles and pi symbol.
You can celebrate Pi Day by eating or throwing pies at each other and discuss the significance of the pi.
Also present during the opening ceremony of the event was Padawan Municipal Council Chairman, Cr. Ir. Lo Khere Chiang.
“As the Chairman of the Padawan Municipal Council and also an engineer myself, I see much potential for housing, commercial and industrial development, which can complement the growth and development of Kuching,” said Lo.
“IEM has consistently provide training course and programs for the future development of engineers, therefore I strongly encourage all engineers present to seize the opportunity and learn as much as you can,” said Lo.
Besides the engineering exhibition, other activities held were Colouring Contest, Build & Break, Pie Eating Competition and Pi Challenge.