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Pi in the Sky by Mind Map: Pi in the Sky

1. The new problems will be posted online on March 9, and solutions will be posted on March 15. You can find the previous years’ challenge problems online as well.

2. Pi can be used to derive characteristics of a circle or a sphere, such as circumference or surface area

3. Pi is often abbreviated as 3.14 (which is why Pi Day is celebrated on March 14, or 3/14), but there are actually an infinite number of digits in pi.

4. FICHA 1753392/G2

5. March 14 is Pi Day, a celebration of the beloved number known as pi.

6. JPL is celebrating Pi Day with the fifth annual “Pi in the Sky” illustrated math challenge


8. created by JPL’s Education Office, features math problems that illustrate how pi can be used to learn about all kinds of curious features of the universe, including earthquakes on Mars, helium rain on Jupiter, and planets orbiting other stars.

9. “All of the problems in the ‘Pi in the Sky’ challenge are real problems that JPL scientists and engineers solve using pi,”

10. Ota Lutz, a senior education specialist at JPL who helped create the Pi Day Challenge.

11. In previous years, Pi in the Sky featured problems about how NASA space probes gather information about objects in our solar system

12. said adults love trying out the problems as well, and everyone should attempt the challenge even if they aren’t familiar with space exploration

13. “The Pi in the Sky problems give people a little glimpse into what goes on at JPL,”

14. “And that’s empowering, because it shows people that they can understand some of the magic that goes into space exploration.”

15. Pi enthusiasts regularly use Pi Day as an opportunity to test their memorization skills, because the random nature of the digits makes them difficult to remember

16. JPL offers additional resources for teachers and educators who want to use the problems in the classroom