Pi Day takes place every year on the 14th of March, it is a day dedicated to the celebration of the number π. Every year the SCAN students celebrate this event. The first years invite the whole “Scan community” including the teachers to share cakes and pies. Mrs.Siobhan is famous for her homemade pies that look and taste delicious. Scan students are not the only ones to celebrate PI day. It is an annual celebration and the United State House of representatives granted it the status of National Pi Day in 2009.
Larry Shaw, a physicist, founded Pi Day in 1988. He was the first person to organise a large-scale celebration at the San Francisco Exploratorium with his coworkers. Since this day, there are no records of official celebrations, however informal celebrations are organised, like at INSA, everywhere in the world.
In 2015, Pi Day took on a special significance because the entire month of March was called Pi Month. On the 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m and also at p.m, the date and time represented the 10 first digits of π.
You can find more information on its official website : Piday.org that holds a count down until the next Pi day.
After a scandalous INSA integration, the SCAN people invaded the small city of Giron, in a very intimate atmosphere from the 17 of September to the 18 of September.
At our arrival, students took possession of their room in the cottage that would host two generations of SCAN students for the next two days.
In spite of the rain and the biting cold, the afternoon was dedicated to outside games. Much to our surprise, these games involved dodge-ball with a salmon fish head, the “try not to laugh” contest with a mouth full of water, digging candy in flour and steal the bacon with a dead squid. The organizers (so called “Orga”) had planned out on the domain the games in a playful atmosphere and had everyone divided in teams of eight.
To finish it off, an integration weekend is nothing unless everyone is socking wet and dirty. In order to rectify this point, the second year student had the pleasure to throw paint and water balloons at the first after all the group photos were taken. The photo says it all, the weekend was fun.
After two hours in the cold and a much needed hot shower, the highlight of the WISC began: cutting each others hair. This year the horrible weather forced the students to do it inside the cottage, enabling the Orga team to spend a few hours sweeping. For those who prefered pimping rather than shaving their hair, the Orga had planned multiple hair dyes, and bleach. The bravest chose to mix colors and haircuts, a perfect recipe.
Obviously, after the dinner we had the party everyone had been waiting for. This year’s theme party was fluorescence. With UV LED bars, fluorescent paint, every clothes which had fluorescence colors were brighter.
We thank Arthur Saunier and K-Le Son (an INSA association), we had all the equipment we needed to party all night long: a powerful sound system and a lot of lights. Finally the party was sick and everybody enjoyed that night.
This year the WISC was spent indoors, the sky was gray and the air was cold, but it didn’t matter. The SCAN people had a great time in this huge cottage, first and second year student meeting each other. It was a great integration weekend even though the environment was not with us.
Adrien Jaccon, Romain Labarthe, Charlotte Arnould
From the 25th to the 29th of April, individual interviews are taking place at the Bibliothèque Marie Curie for students applying to join INSA in first year.
The candidates are first welcomed in groups. During one hour the school and the following interview are presented to the group.
Then, the individual interview begins. It lasts about one hour. The jury is constituted of 3 persons: an INSA teacher, an engineer and a psychologist. It is divided in two parts of about 30 minutes each. There is a break in the middle of the interview during which the student can think about the things he forgot to say and the questions he wants to ask. The candidate is often asked why he wants to become an engineer and how he imagines his future as an engineer. He must also choose sentences or pictures and explain what they make him think about.
Finally, the candidates go back to a room where they can anonymously give their impressions. INSA students come to answer their questions and give them a tour of the campus.
The aim of this interview is not to trap you. The jury is there to assess your potential to become an engineer. You may want to think before the interview about why you want to become an engineer. Don’t forget to bring your convocation and your identity card ! You don’t really need to worry about the interview, just be yourself and everything will go well.If you are convoked for an interview, you normally have the level to join a school of the INSA group.
Good luck !
Pi Day is celebrated on March, 14th (3.14 … you know what I mean). It’s a celebration of the mathematical constant π. For this day, people cook pie and eat them at 1:59 pm (as π=3.141592 … you still know what I mean).
Last year (2015) Pi day had a double signification because the year was taken into account as the day always is. So we obtain 3.14.15. Then, we had a triple effect at 9:26:53 am as π=3.141592653 …
In some universities, teachers plan activities to enrich and deepen students’ culture about the constant π. Activities might include investigations of the value of π, special π-projects and parties with pizza or other kinds of ‘pi’.
In SCAN we celebrates Pi Day at 1:00 pm under a shiny sun and the SCAN First students are in charge of organizing it. Other SCAN students and SCAN teachers can bring pie or other goodies to eat. It’s a real convivial moment between the whole SCAN section.
Last ‘MindBlowning fact’: Pi Day happens to be the same day as Albert Einstein’s B-day! MindBlown *o*! So March 14th is a perfect day to plan maths challenges and/or do fun stuff with maths …
Written by Coraline Conan and Tifenn Floch and Mezidi Fatima
Last week took place the Secret SCANta, our own version of a famous tradition that comes from America.
The rules are very simple. Each student who wants to participate pick up the name of another student and has to find him a gift. As the name suggests, you don’t know who is going to be your secret santa -and you also may not know the person you have picked up which allow you to be very creative to find the perfect gift!
Then, on Thursday 3rd, we all went to the Flam’s to exchange our gifts. The ideal occasion to gather all SCAN students from first and second year, taste delicious “flammekueche”, an Alsatian speciality, and of course have a lot of fun !!!
Written by Susie Repellin