Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
Sent By:
Yasmeen.Hussain@mail.house.gov
Current original cosponsors: Clarke, Gatez, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Kaptur, McNerney, Moore, Moulton, Pocan, Price, Quigley, Rush, Schiff, Tonko
Deadline to be an original cosponsor: Tomorrow, 3/14, 12pm
Dear Colleague,
Please join me in recognizing the marvels of Pi (?) by becoming an original cosponsor on a resolution designating March 14, 2018, as National Pi Day!
Pi is the ratio of a circle?s circumference to its diameter, which is rounded to 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648233786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273724587006606315588…
(approximately) for typical calculations. Pi is an irrational number, which will continue infinitely without repeating, and has been calculated to over thirteen trillion digits.
One of the most important investments that we, as a country, can make is getting students interested in STEM subjects?science, technology, engineering, and math. Since World War II, over half of U.S. economic growth has been driven by science and technology
and over the past 10 years, the number of STEM jobs has grown three times faster than nonSTEM jobs.
Yet we do not have enough students graduating from high school and college with enough skills in the STEM fields to fill these jobs. As times change and we move into a STEMbased economy, it is important that our students get the education and training they
will need to succeed.
This is why recognizing March 14 as National Pi Day is important. It shows the fun and exciting side to math and other STEM subjects, and will hopefully lead to a crop of students developing an interest in becoming the next generation?s mathematicians, engineers,
and physicists.
For more information, or to become an original cosponsor, please contact Yasmeen Hussain at yasmeen.hussain@mail.house.gov. Deadline is noon on Wednesday March 14, 2018.
Sincerely,
Bill Foster
Member of Congress
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RESOLUTION
Expressing support for designation of March 14, 2018, as ??National Pi Day??.
Whereas the Greek letter (Pi) is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter;
Whereas the ratio Pi is an irrational number, which will continue infinitely without repeating, and has been calculated to over thirteen trillion digits;
Whereas Pi is a fundamental mathematical constant that has been studied throughout history and is central in mathematics as well as science and engineering;
Whereas mathematics and science are a critical part of our children?s education;
Whereas aptitude in mathematics, science, and engineering is essential for a knowledgebased society;
Whereas according to the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) survey done bythe National Center for Education Statistics, American children in the 4th and 8th grades were outperformed by students in other countries including
Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan;
Whereas students from underrepresented minorities and from schools with high poverty rates have lower than average scores on the TIMSS survey;
Whereas while through 8th grade, girls and boys have similar math and science scores on the TIMSS survey, there is a significant gender gap in math and physics scores at the end of high school;
Whereas the United States needs to reinforce mathematics and science education for all students in order to better prepare children for the future and in to succeed in a 21st century economy;
Whereas the National Science Foundation has been driving innovation in math and science education at all levels from elementary through graduate education since its creation 68 years ago;
Whereas mathematics and science can be a fun and interesting part of a child?s education, and learning about Pi can be an engaging way to teach children about geometry and attract them to study science and mathematics; and
Whereas Pi can be approximated as 3.14, and thus March 14, 2018, is an appropriate day for ??National Pi Day??:
Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives?
(1) supports the designation of a ??Pi Day?? and its celebration around the world;
(2) recognizes the continuing importance of the National Science Foundation?s math and science education programs; and
(3) encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.

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