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Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day from all of us at the Bartlett Public Library! We celebrate today as Pi day since the pidate, March 14th, is the same as the first three digits of π (3.14).

You can learn more about the mathematical concept of Pi in Why Pi? by Johnny Ball, in our juvenile nonfiction section at j530.8 BALL.

You can celebrate Pi Day with challenges from NASA scientists and engineers as part of their Pi Day Challenge! Good luck!

Pinterest vs Reality: Galaxy Pinwheel

This week’s Pinterest vs Reality is brought to us by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) who craft about making a Pinwheel Galaxy Pinwheel really caught our eye. In celebration of the warm weather I thought I would give it a shot.

You can find the full directions for the craft at https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/pinwheel-galaxy/en/ as well as the printout of the pinwheel. Other than the print out you will need scissors, a hole punch, a popsicle stick or chopstick, and a pipe cleaner. I used a popsiclepinwheel-1.jpg stick but I think that a chop stick might work even better.

My main suggestion is to pay close attention to the warning NASA gives: “Pinwheel not spinning? Make sure the pipe cleaner isn’t secured so tightly that it doesn’t let the paper move. If the paper flaps are hitting the stick, flatten out the pinwheel on a table. Then carefully open each point from the front. This will let air in to move the pinwheel.”

Following the directions I managed to make a pinwheel that really does spin! Looks like we can call this a success!