March 14, 2014
Update (March 17, 2014): A companion infographic with answers to the March 14 Pi Day word-problem set from the JPL Education Office is now available to view and download at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=398.
In honor of Pi Day, the informal holiday that celebrates the mathematical constant 3.14 (the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle) on March 14, or 3/14, the Education Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has released an infographic featuring math problems designed around agency spacecraft.
The infographic includes illustrations of word problems for middle- to high-school students that require them to think like NASA engineers and scientists to solve questions about the Mars Curiosity rover, Cassini spacecraft at Saturn, Juno spacecraft traveling to Jupiter, and the soon-to-launch Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Earth satellite.
Students and teachers, as well as members of the public, are invited to share their answers to the Pi Day challenge on Twitter by tweeting to @NASAJPL_Edu with the hashtag #PiDay.
Answers will be revealed on Monday, March 17, with a companion infographic that walks students through the steps needed to find a solution to each problem. To view and download both a poster-size and 8.5-by-11 classroom-handout version of the infographic, visit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=398
The JPL Education Office provides formal and informal educators, parents and students with NASA science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content, including resources, classroom activities and internship opportunities. To learn more, visit the JPL Education website at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/
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Kim Orr 818-354-0902
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.