Pumpkin pie. Chocolate pecan pie. Cranberry cherry pie. The ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter pi.
Traditionally, Thanksgiving week focuses on those first 3 treats, but not so for a lucky group of kids this week. On Monday, three Lilly scientists brought that much more constant pi to a group of local elementary school students through the “Chemistry Is A Blast!” program.
In addition to adding some fiery excitement to the school day, the program provides some much needed exposure tothe importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. According to groups like the STEM Education Coalition, encouraging STEM at a young age could have a very real impact on U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity.
By supporting STEM education today, we’re also investing in the future of medicine. Without researchers and scientists, we can’t vet new molecules; and without molecules, we cannot make new life-saving treatments; which means we cannot bring medicines to the people who need them the most.
No matter how you slice it, it's clear we need to make sure pi stays on the menu all year long.