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Naperville congressman, a scientist, wants to make Pi Day official

Mar 16, 2017
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Wintry weather on the East Coast delayed U.S. Rep. Bill Foster's introduction of a resolution that designates March 14 as National Pi Day.

Snow and rain in Washington, D.C., kept Congress out of session Tuesday, forcing the Naperville Congressman to hold off on presenting his planned resolution in homage the mathematical constant until Wednesday. March 14 is widely accepted as Pi Day.

Celebrating the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter – or Pi – isn't just another excuse to eat pie.

"This resolution encourages schools and educators to observe Pi Day by engaging their students in interactive and fun activities that explore the exciting side to math and other STEM subjects," Foster said in a news release. "This lays the ground work for students to develop an interest in becoming the next generation's mathematicians, engineers, and physicists."Foster invited people to drop by his Aurora office Tuesday to celebrate Pi Day with conversation and, of course, pie. The office had four 12-inch pies of the cherry and apple variety on hand for the event, said Mary Werden, Foster's communications director.