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
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
One of the perks of being in SCAN is to take part in the WISC. We went to the Chalet La Fauconnière, in Giron (Ain) for two days.
Leaving on Saturday 26th at 9:30 am after the pre-WISC party was though for some of us. To make sure every one was awake, we sang along to the staff’s chants during the whole bus trip. Two hours finally didn’t seem that long if you’re kept busy!
The whole afternoon was dedicated to games – including the famous “Trout Party” :
Or the traditional “Ventriglisse”.
The bravest of us got a brand-new haircut, following the SCAN folklore. Needless to say, all the other students of INSA Lyon are able to recognize the characteristic mohawk. We also witnessed an unusual scene: girls trying to dye their hair using “ravioli” cans filled up with Kool-Aid!
All the freshmen rejoiced for the group picture – until Second Years rushed to cover us with paint. It quickly turned into a huge battle!
We then came back to our room to dress-up for the “punk-rock” party. Some of us had really nice costumes and make-up.
Sunday was quieter as we were all resting after this crazy week-end! We are now all looking forward to the next WISC!
Written by Arthur Saunier, Laurie Jacot and Alexandre Longhi.
And here we are, back for a whole new year!
If the lectures have already started three weeks ago, the options have just started.
But SCAN is not only about physics, mathematics and chemistry. We’ve just come back from a unique experience: the world-famous WISC! Standing for “Week-End d’Intégration SCAN” (SCAN Integration Week-End), this two-day trip to Chalet La Fauconnière (Giron, Ain) ought to be an unforgettable moment. Our amazing colleagues are about to tell you everything you need to know about it!
Our team will do its best to keep you informed about life in SCAN this year. Stay up-to-date!
Written by: Arthur Saunier and Laurie Jacot
Tomorrow, an unofficial SCAN Barbecue will be organized, it should take place at the Feyssine, at around 6:30pm. It’s 5€ per person, it would be nice if you could bring them today to the person in charge in your class (at least for the SCAN 2nd, we don’t know how it will be organized for the SCAN 1st).
We hope to see you there!
As you probably know, we’d like to organize a SCAN Flam’s before the Christmas holidays, and a “Secret Santa” at the same time, for all SCAN 1st & 2nd.
It will be on Thursday December 4th, and the price should be 12.50€ per person for the Flam’s.
We’ll tell you when we have more information about it!
EDIT: It would be nice if you could give the money for the Flam’s this week, to Basma for Gr. 71, and to Alestair for Gr. 72.
As you probably know, on October 23rd will be the International Barbecue! If you want to meet cool people from EURISNA, ASINSA and AMERINSA, here’s your chance!
We’ll meet at 6:30 pm in the “pelouse des Humas”.
Good sausages & meat, drinks, and a lot of fun are expected at this BBQ!
We hope to see you there!