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The Tradition of Pi(e) Day at iD Tech

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At iD Tech, we are turning a “Pi(e) Day Tradition” into a life-altering partnership with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to get more girls into STEM fields.  Please help us in our Pi(e) Day Challenge! Join us by using #pichallenge on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

The History of iD Pi(e) Day

As we reflect on Pi Day, we wanted to share a bit on what “Pi(e) Day” means to us here at iD Tech.

It was 2003 when a new tradition was born out at camp—the chance to “pie” your instructor. The legend began at our UCLA summer program, and sprouted from there.

“Wanted” signs were posted around campus by a group of anonymous iD instructors, trying to persuade iD students to “vote” for a handful of unsuspecting staff. This “chance of a lifetime” was just one of the many options that were offered as camp raffle prizes.

It became aptly known as “The Pie Prize.”

Since then, the Pie Prize has become part of iD tradition at our camps—coveted in end of the week raffles from coast to coast. A game console? How about a free week of camp? No, give me the pie. Little did we know that pieing your instructor would become popular to the point of reaching our entire location lineup, and then even out to our Regional Staff Trainings the next year.
 
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With time, the activity evolved. Real whipped cream eventually gave way to shaving cream in 2005. (Our staff are always asked to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes.) Instructors quickly found out that real whipped cream “stank the place up” like sour milk after a few hours, and the smell didn’t come out in the wash.

Since 2003, just over 15,000 instructors have been pied by enthusiastic students.

On the question of why is it such an important camp tradition, one of our instructors noted:

“It’s an accolade from your students and the camp. It’s a way of engaging the entire camp in the culture of fun and creativity, and reminds us to be humble.

Campers create campaigns during the week to pie their favorite instructor or work together to come up with slogans, signs, and even projects all about the effort. It’s another way we break down all the walls at camp—by engaging campers with learning and having fun together.”

More about Pi(e) Day from those who have lived it

“This is a way that we could bring everyone together on something fun and silly.”

“This was what made tickets so engaging and effective… good deeds done at camp could lead to an awesome chance to have that hilarious moment together with their favorite instructor.”

“Getting pied was an honor—it meant your campers were engaged with you and engaged with the camp culture.”

“Focus can be hard but if you are engaged in a fun way, there is an end goal. A driver.”

“Tickets help motivate working together, participating, being engaged in the learning, helping instructors/peers, so the pie/raffle was a great thank you to students at the end of the week.”

“Campers used the skills they learned at camp to get others to pie the instructor or the ultimate prize—the Camp Director.”
 
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Want to support women in STEM? Join the Challenge! 

Go Live on your channel or get ready to record the pie! #pichallenge.

Cover a paper or tin plate with shaving cream.

Put on some sunglasses for safety and style!

Have a friend or family member on hand to record you, or record yourself in selfie mode while they pie you!

Mention why you are doing the #pichallenge.
Something like this: “I’m participating in iD Tech’s #PiChallenge to raise awareness about the gap in STEM and donating to the Society of Women Engineers to support engaging more girls in STEM.”

Get Pied or pie yourself while you’re live on social media or record it to post later!

After your pie, challenge a friend, family or celebrity! Don’t forget to tag them in your post!
Something like this: “I’m challenging my best friend Izzy and my sister Jen to take the Pi-Day challenge to support women in STEM!!”

Upload the video to Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram.

Tag  iD Tech Camps and who you challenged!

Use the Hashtag #pichallenge to join the campaign!

Tag us in your post using our accounts on:

Facebook –  @computercamps
Twitter – @idtechcamps
Instagram  – @idtech

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