## Celebrating STEM

STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. The world is constantly evolving, and old school ways are being rapidly replaced with modern technology. The importance of STEM subjects is continuing to grow all over the world and this is also happening in our classrooms.

**Celebrating STEM**

Math and Science explain our world and there are many reasons to celebrate them. These holidays let’s look at how we can integrate STEM into our festivities over the coming year!

**Pi Day**

You never need an excuse for a slice of pie. Pi, Archimedes constant or **π,** is a mathematical constant that is used to calculate the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is approximately equal to 3.14159 and is used in many Mathematics and Physics formulas. Pi Day is celebrated on the 14^{th} of March – 3/14 – every year and also on the 22^{nd} of July – 22/7. Pi is also written in a fraction form, 22/7. Now you have two excuses for that piece of pie. What flavours do you think would best suit Pi Day?

**Tau Day**

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Tau refers to the number 6.28 or 2**π. **Some mathematicians believe that this is a better constant to be used to measure a circle. Now, you can choose another pie flavour on the 28^{th} of June – 6/28 and eat two times as much!

**Square Root Day**

These days don’t come very often. The last one was on the 4^{th} of April 2016 – 4/4/16, when the day of the month and the month are the square root of the year. Can you think of when the next one will be?

5^{th} of May, 2025 – 5/5/25. Make sure to celebrate now that you know! Think about Math games that involve groups of 5.

**Earth Day**

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This day is a special one, where we take some time to think about the world around us. Many organizations arrange for clean up events or trail walks in order to educate the public about nature. Try and see if you can organize something with your friends or classmates on the 22^{nd} of April next year.

**Arbor Day**

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Just a few days after Earth Day, on the 29^{th} of April, or the 4^{th} Sunday of April, is Arbor Day. Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1594 by a group of Spaniards in Mondoñedo, Spain. Since then, people all over the world are encouraged to plant a tree on this day to spread the love and respect for nature and help our forests grow. Arbor Day is also celebrated in Australia along with National Schools Tree Day, on the last Friday of July and National Tree Day, held on the last Sunday of July. This has been happening in Australia since 1889.

**Fibonacci Day**

The Fibonacci sequence comes in a pattern of 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13… It explains the fact that every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones. This sequence was named after Leonardo of Pisa, or, Fibonacci, although some mathematicians believe it could have been around since 200 B.C.

**STEMmates**

STEMmates continues to strive to make STEM subjects fun and exciting for our students. We hope they will celebrate the joys of Math and Science for the rest of their lives! Find out how you can get your children interested in our hands-on and activity-based courses through our Facebook and website pages today.