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Pi Skyline


A City of Pi by ArtsyInquiringMinds / CC BY 2.0

This is the first project for my technology passion project.
You might be wondering how it fits into a course about technology . . . And I’m happy to clear that up for you.  You see, technology is everything.  Recently, we’ve come to think of technology as computers and other electronics, but even something as basic as a felt pen or a pencil crayon is a piece of technology.  It was invented to solve a problem, just like our cell phones we are attached to!

I start all my projects by exploring Pinterest for ideas.  This one is no different.  I came across a blog detailing how to celebrate PI DAY (3/14 – March 14th) with a math based activity.
Here’s a link to the original post – you’ll find the instructions there – Erica did a fantastic job, check it out!

This activity could really be used any day of the year if your class is working on a topic such as bar graphs or circles.  Also, this could make a fantastic home project, so if you’ve got kids at home who are working on those topics I highly recommend giving it a try.
I really love the versatility of this project.

Here are a few ways it could be completed:

  • Colour the bar graph a different colour – or even multiple colours!
  • Create the background with felts or pencil crayons.
  • Use the background to do a study on perspective – two lessons in one project!
  • Do a collage for the background for an abstract look.

Can you think of any other ways to personalize this project?

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2 thoughts on “Pi Skyline

  1. I love your passion project idea and think this activity is really cool! I also have an interest in making subjects traditionally considered boring — *cough*math*cough* — more engaging. This is a really fun way to introduce a concept to kids and also creates a visual reference they can look back on. I tried to think of other ways to personalize this project, but turns out I’m not very creative. Maybe they could stylize the bars using drawings instead of straight lines (e.g. Pies stacked on top of one another)?

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    1. That’s a great idea! What I immediately thought of when I read your suggestion was to stack pumpkins according to the digits and then create a pumpkin patch background for them.

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