Instagram celebrates STEM women on "PI Day"
March 14 is celebrated as "PI Day" and this year, Instagram made a sticker tribute to women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
March 14 is celebrated worldwide as International Mathematics Day, a day that until 2019, was known as PI Day. The celebration began as a chance meeting between scientists in 1988, but it was not until 2009 that PI Day was recognized as a national holiday and celebrated internationally. The intention of the celebration was to make mathematics more accessible and fun.
This year, in the wake of the pandemic, the International Mathematical Union (IMU) has come up with a global online participation effort, in which anyone can take part in the day.
To help make its users part of the event, and put a 'twist' on the framework of Women's Month, Instagram has offered two actions to participate in the celebration.
Over the weekend, the platform added a series of custom stickers celebrating women in technology, science, engineering and mathematics, as part of PI Day, for users to add to their stories and take part in the event.
Multidisciplinary artist, educator, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) advocate and TED speaker Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya was in charge of designing the stickers.
Instagram also leveraged the @creators platform to host an Instagram Live video featuring Instagram Reels engineer Samantha Wiener and Alexis Williams, an NYU engineering student who is an Afro-Latina and queer woman using its platform for female STEM activism and hopes to have a career in coding focused on social good.
Finally, Instagram shared a list of seven female STEM creators to follow and learn about while recognizing the work they have been doing. These women are:
Antonella, a Latina in STEM who combines spirituality, yoga and technology (@thatcodingyogi); Amy Atwater, a paleontologist and science communicator (@mary_annings_revenge); Abigail Harrison, who dreams of being the first astronaut to go to Mars and founded the nonprofit The Mars Generation in 2015 at age 18 (@astronautabbyofficial); Samantha Yammine, a science communicator who uses Instagram as a medium to discuss neuroscience topics with the public and further her research (@science. sam,); Brooke Brown, an Oklahoma teacher specializing in all things literacy and STEM (@teachoutsidethebox); Imogene Cancellare, a conservation biologist and National Geographic explorer ( @biologistimogene); and Estefannie, who researches computer-driven millennial sensibilities (@estefanniegg).