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Pi Day Silliness

Pi Day, March 14th, is quickly approaching! It is by far my favorite holiday to celebrate with students in school. We measure and eat all the circular foods, memorize digits of pi, read pi-related children's books, create Pi-ku, and do all kinds of other craziness depending on the grade, subject, and school.

It's super silly. It's rarely required. It absolutely creates classroom community circling curricular content.

Here's this year's assignment post for my students:

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Earn up to 10 extra credit project points by participating in this Pi Day Parody fun!

  • Pi Day silly/celebratory creative option #1: Write a story to illustrate a CSP concept that you've learned this year. You can share the text or a recording of you reading your story to us (audio or video).
  • Pi Day silly/celebratory creative option #2: Write a poem to illustrate a CSP concept. It can be a Code Poem if you want! (See my short sample at the end of the post here). You can share the text or a recording of you reciting your poem to us (audio or video).
  • Pi Day silly/celebratory creative option #3.1415...: Write a song parody to teach a CSP concept of your choice. (you could share the lyrics, but ideally you'll share an audio or video clip of you performing your piece). Here's an example based on Piano Man: Bug in the JavaScript.

Grading: You can earn up to 10 BONUS extra credit project points if your work is really well done and helpful for understanding a CSP concept!

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Are there any other fantastic Pi Day CS resources I should know about? Or any other amazing CS song parodies? Or any other accessible holidays I should commemorate? (I do already like Rubber Duck Day). Post in our CSP Community Group with your connections!

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