TO PROMOTE and sustain public interest in science and mathematics, Petrosains, The Discovery Centre celebrated World Pi Day in tandem with World Science Centre Day this week in Suria KLCC.
The event was part of the “Kira-Kira” – A Fun-tastic Math Week celebrated by Petrosains from March 12 to 20, during the school holidays.
Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi.
Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of pi.
Another reason to celebrate is because it was also Albert Einstein’s birthday. He was born on March 14, 1879.
Due to these two significant science events, CEOs of Science Centres worldwide mooted the idea to also celebrate World Science Centre Day, on this same date starting in 2013.
The celebration is aimed at emphasising the importance of science centres as a platform to promote science and instil a passion for learning in the community.
There are 3,000 science centres in the world which have reached out and engaged with more than 310 million visitors worldwide.
All over the world, especially in science centres, the day was observed to pay homage to Pi day and the efforts championed by science centres worldwide to spark the interest and engage the public at large in STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Some of the activities organised at other science centres and museums worldwide were forums and discussion sessions, Pi-related shows and demonstrations, Pi give-aways and talks by prominent scientists on the significance of the Pi number.
Petrosains Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim said Petrosains was excited to celebrate the World Pi Day and World Science Centre Day together with other science centres and museums worldwide like the Singapore Science Centre; Exploratorium, The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception, San Francisco and the Mind Museum, Philippines.
“This year, we also had students from the Fairview International School to join in this exciting and educational event, and at the same time to commemorate such an important mathematical number or constant.”
Visitors who visited Petrosains that day were given a 10% discount on admission tickets.
They were able to participate in exciting Math and Pi-related shows and a surprise in the form of mini – ‘pies’ which were distributed to visitors during the 3.14pm significant Pi number.