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PI Day Celebration Means Fun and Free Pie

3/9/2017 4:48:12 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. National Pi Day is the only holiday to honor a number, 3.14, on March 14.  New Mexico Junior College’s Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society) is celebrating with a Pi Day Celebration Tuesday, March 14, from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at the Lea County Events Center.  The event is free for the public.

“We have over 40 unique activity booths this year – about 100 booths in all”, says Shyla McGill, NMJC mathematics instructor and Mu Alpha Theta advisor.  “Most of the activities have a math or science component so children and adults can have fun while learning. Plus March 14th is Albert Einstein’s birthday, so there will be free “pie” and free pizza, from Dominos and Big Cheese.”

Several door prizes will be given away, including grand prizes of an Xbox One, microscopes, telescopes, and much more.  Over 400 volunteers from the community are involved in the event.

“We had over 1,700 people attend last year, so we’ve moved to the Event Center to have space for as many participants as we can,” says McGill. “Our goal is not only teaching that math and science are enjoyable, but that it’s an integral part of almost everything we do.”

The U. S. House of Representatives recognized March 14 as National Pi Day in 2009. The day is celebrated around the world, because Pi is one of the oldest and most recognizable mathematical constants. It is never-ending, and now has over 10 trillion known digits.

The event is sponsored by New Mexico Junior College, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) and the J. F Maddox Foundation.  Additional sponsors include Tate Branch Auto Group, Hobbs Rotary, La Tienda, U.R.E.N.C.O, Permian Ford, Dominos, O&S Quick Change, Rebecca Long Farmers Insurance, Big Cheese, Burrell Tucker, Walmart, and Option Inc./Threshold.

For information: Shyla McGill at 575-492-2819 or

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