Lakota Pi DayIt’s Pi Day! As a company full of design engineers and other professionals who use numbers and mathematical formulas on a regular basis as part of our creative endeavors, we were excited to participate in Lakota Pi Day for the second year in a row.

Why pi? For those of us who may not remember from our schooling, π (pi) is the Greek letter used to represent a mathematical constant – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter: approximately 3.14159. So Pi Day is celebrated around the world on March 14, or 3.14.

Lakota Pi Day Event

Lakota Pi DaySeveral Kaleidoscope employees headed over to Lakota West High School after work hours last Friday night to show students and parents alike our virtual reality experience, called Explore New Worlds. Our exhibit was a part of the fifth annual Lakota Pi Day event, which also featured exhibits from companies and organizations such as UC Neuroscience, the American Institute of Aeronautics, Rumpke and the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting. While it was difficult to capture exactly how many people were there, our employees estimated that it was well in the hundreds.

Lakota Pi DaySenior Design Engineer Tom Meyer, Unity Developer Drew Marfurt, Design Researcher Jenni Fearing and Design Engineer Stephanie Klunk all helped with managing the Explore New Worlds virtual reality exhibit.

Meyer actually created the virtual reality experience, which allows adventurous souls to transport to another planet in our Solar System (or the Moon, if someone decides to choose “Earth”) via a virtual reality experience.

It appeared kids loved the event, and perhaps stirred a further interest in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) fields.

“I really enjoyed seeing the look of wonder on the kids’ faces,” said Marfurt. “That sounds cheesy, but it was truly apparent that they were experiencing another world for the first time and being inspired by it.”