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Happy Pi Day!

March 14, 2022

Did you know that the ratio of the circumference (the distance all the way around) to the diameter (the distance across) of a circle always equal the same number? The number begins 3.1415, and no matter how many decimal places you take it to, it never ends! This crazy (well, mathematicians would call it irrational) number is called pi. Its symbol looks like this: π

March 14 is Pi Day! (Because it’s 3/14; get it?) In honor of this international celebration, we’ve put together 3 math lessons and 14 math activities for you to enjoy. Check them out here: https://www.mensaforkids.org/teach/activity-plans/pi-day-fun/

The South Dakota Afterschool Network works to better our state and its communities by connecting providers, parents and policymakers with proven tools and resources to increase the quality of and access to out-of-school time programming for K-12 children and youth.

Afterschool is a lifeline that keeps youth safe, helps kids learn and grow, and provides parents the ability to work without worry. While South Dakota is home to more than 300 afterschool programs, the demand for programs exceeds available spaces. In fact, 1 in 3 South Dakota children (34 percent) who are not in an afterschool program would be enrolled if it were available. That’s more than 42,000 children who are missing out on opportunities to participate in programming that supports their development academically, socially and economically.

Afterschool can provide valuable opportunities for students to explore STEM, and we are here to help your program succeed in STEM Learning! From webinars and trainings to our signature TMC Trailers that bring turnkey STEM activities to your doorstep, our diverse collection of resources meets you and your students where you are and provides the support you need to deliver quality programming to your students at any age. 

The South Dakota Afterschool Network wanted to create a mapping tool to better understand the landscape of afterschool and summer programs available for children and families. From the initial launch of the new mapping tool, we have identified some startling findings.