Friday, March 14, 2014

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a...pie?

You can't be an organization called Tau Beta Pi and not celebrate Pi Day on March 14. So that's exactly what the San Diego chapter of the honor society decided to do--by dropping a pie (yes, with an e) from the third floor of the Structural and Materials Engineering building at the Jacobs School.

Students said they were inspired by UC San Diego's long held tradition of dropping objects from tall buildings, including the Watermelon drop at Revelle College and the pumpkin drop at Muir College.

So Friday, they dropped a 13-inch, 4.5 lbs pie from the third floor of the SME building. Students got to eat a wide variety of pies after the drop. As an extra bonus, they could estimate how big of a splatter the pie would make and receive gift cards. Turns out cherries went flying in a circle with a 18.2 feet diameter. The closest estimate was 17 feet.

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