Irish Science, Engineering with Eggs, and A Big Slice of Pi

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What do leprechauns eat on March 14th?

Irish Pi!

In this month’s issue, get a leprechaun’s view of science, celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime Pi Day, and see how students in the Panhandle crack an egg – or don’t.

Calling all designers: $100 art contest ends this Friday!

Each year, we ask TAME students to come up with a design for a T-shirt to commemorate the State Math & Science Competition. The winning design is printed on T-shirts and worn proudly by over 400 participants and the designer walks away with a cool hundred dollars. Hurry! The contest ends this Friday, March 13th.
Enter the Contest

What's the Difference Between Pi and Epic Pi?

Each year on 3.14, math enthusiasts celebrate Pi Day with events ranging from aerial displays and musical creations to, well, pie.  But this year, there’s even more to celebrate.  March 14, 2015 is known as Epic Pi Day, because at 9:26:53, the calendar and a digital clock will reveal the first ten digits of pi (3.141592653, in case you didn’t remember offhand).  

This only happens once a century!  Pi party, anyone?  See some ideas here.

Where did the leprechaun get that gold?

It’s hard to find a leprechaun in Texas, but you make your own luck with these great science experiments. Turn pennies to gold (if you can get your hands on some zinc dust), grow your own clover sprouts on a sponge, or make a rainbow out of celery.

You can’t make engineers without breaking a few eggs

Engineering Challenge returns to the Panhandle on March 27!

Toilet paper, tape, coffee canisters, bungee cords: which of these materials will prevent an egg from cracking as it takes a harrowing plunge from above? Last year over 350 aspiring engineers from the Panhandle gave it their best shot. 

This year, they're back for more--this time with a Catapult Challenge on March 27 at the Don Harrington Discovery Center.  Hundreds of students are expected to compete in TAME Amarillo's annual Engineering Contest. See the contest details here.

Grace Hopper, Queen of Code

“They said it was a totally ridiculous idea and you couldn't do that… except it worked."

Decades before Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, back when computers were 51 feet long and punching holes in paper tape, Grace Hopper marched into the Navy and changed the course of computer science.  Find out more about her inspiring (and sometimes funny) story here.  

Pretty Brilliant

This Women's History Month, let's encourage girls to be more than pretty.

Lots of girls like science and math, so why are there so few female STEM majors?  This quick video shows how years of small comments about appearance can actually steer girls away from STEM fields. (Click here to share on Pinterest.)

For a dose of reality, make sure your students follow it up with a look at 
the history of women in science--in pictures from the International Women's Day celebration.
See our Women in STEM Pinboard
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