Tucson Unified Math Week

Tucson Unified Math Week
Math Week Resources

Pi Day Resources

Mathematician of the day 

Monday  - Marta Civil 

Tuesday – Pi Day 

  • History of Pi, from Babylonians to the Swiss. Read how all the amazing mathematicians of their time discovered Pi in their own way. Proving once again, there is more than one way to solve a problem.

Wednesday - Mary Jackson 

  • First female African-America to graduate from the University of Virginia all-white engineering program. 
  • NASA's first female African-America engineer 
  • Recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest medal given by congress. 
  • NASA's headquarters building in Washington, D.C. was renamed the Mary W. Jackson building 
  • Read more about Mary Jackson 

Thursday - Aaron Yazzie (Navajo Nation)  

  • Born in Tuba City, AZ, Aaron Yazzie graduated from Stanford University in the math discipline of Mechanical Engineering. 
  • Worked on Mars mission rover, Perseverance, that gathered soil samples for NASA to analyze. 
  • Yazzie was featured in the book Notable Native People 
  • Read more about Aaron Yazzie and his work on Mars.  

Friday - Carlos Castillo-Chavez  

  • Professor of Mathematical Biology at Arizona State University 
  • Founder of the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) and the Institute for Strengthening the Understanding of Mathematics and Science 
  • Recipient of three Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring 
  • Read more about Dr. Castillo-Chavez (PDF)  

Math and Literature Activities (For TUSD Teachers)