Pie, Pizza Pie, and Pi: National Pi Day

Air Date: 07/05/2012
Source:
NBC Today Show
Creator:
Natalie Morales
Air/Publish Date:
07/05/2012
Event Date:
07/05/2012
Resource Type:
News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
2013
Clip Length:
00:02:48

Two 10-year-old boys figure out the meaning of pi, the never-ending number that starts with 3.14, and then celebrate with pie and pizza pie on National Pi Day, March 14 (3/14).

Pie, Pizza Pie, and Pi -- National Pi Day

MAURA SIMONS: So, Happy Pi Day.

NATALIE MORALES, reporting:

It’s Pi Day in Mrs. Simons’ fourth grade class. No, not that kind of pie, and not this kind of pie either.

SIMONS: We’re going to talk about the mathematical pi, which is this symbol, which is spelled P-I. And it represents 3.14.

KANAN: How about we just trace that first, okay, Zach?

MORALES: Zach and Kanan are on a mission to find the circumference of a circle.

ZACH: So it would be five with the remainder of 3.5. It’s weird.

KANAN: I know. Can we-- we can ask Ms. Simons for help?

ZACH: No, let’s just try to do this to ourselves.

KANAN: Okay.

MORALES: Ten-year-old Zach has always been an eager problem solver.

WOMAN: What number is that?

ZACH: Five.

WOMAN: Okay.

MORALES: In kindergarten, Zach showed an aptitude for math beyond his years. And his curiosity about science led to backyard experiments with his dad.

DEBORA (Zach’s Mother): He can take something that he’s seen in a book or that he’s conceptualized in his mind and he can apply it to everyday activities.

ZACH: Well, a radius is half of the circle, a diameter is a full circle.

MORALES: Thanks to Zach’s love of math and science, the concepts of geometry are as easy as pie.

SIMONS: He has an excellent math mind. He’s very logical.

KANAN: It’s kind of like the same, but not barely.

MORALES: For ten-year-old Kanan, solving a math problem is usually easy. Talking about his solution is the hard part.

SIMONS: He is more shy and reserved. But he’s really come out of his shell this year.

KANAN: Mental math is-- is math by doing it in your head.

JOANNE (Kanan’s Mother): All right.

MORALES: Kanan’s mom says Kanan’s confidence in the classroom is translating to more communication at school and at home.

JOANNE: He’s actually becoming more verbal with me where he talks about his feelings and things that are happening in school, which-- it’s-- it’s really nice.

KANAN: Wait, Zach, Zach, Zach it’s not equal yet.

MORALES: Kanan has been classmates with Zach for four of their five years in elementary school. Along with his growing confidence, Kanan’s comfort level with Zach makes him a good math partner.

ZACH: You want to do it this time?

KANAN: Let me do it.

ZACH: Okay.

SIMONS: There is a mutual respect there. You know, Zach would res-- was respecting Kanan’s opinion and Kanan felt comfortable enough with Zach to be able to say I disagree.

ZACH: The diameter is one hundred eighty.

MORALES: Zach and Kanan test their answers on the playground.

SIMONS: You found it excellent.

MORALES: And now it’s time for pie.

KANAN: I like cheese. This is good.

MORALES: This kind of pie and that kind of pi.

SIMONS: We’re having the P-I-E because of the P-I.

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