Louisiana Metric Week
Celebrating the International System of Units
Each year, the week containing 10 October — the tenth day of the tenth month — is National Metric Week . It's an opportunity to underscore the usefulness of metric system measurements, formally known as the International System of Units (SI).
Governor Edwards has Proclaimed the week of October 8-14, 2023, as Louisiana Metric Week.
View the proclamation
Metric Week was originated in 1977 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Now led by the Office of Weights and Measures (OWM) Metric Program and the U.S. Metric Association ( USMA ), Metric Week is celebrated in classrooms around the country.
Ready to learn the Metric System?
Metric system skills open doors to many opportunities in an interconnected world.
Take it from the Measurement League of SI Superheroes - Learning the SI is like gaining a superpower – the power of 10! For students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), the metric system is a “must know.”
Learn the SI to elevate every day with these practical life hacks:
Communication – Understand measurements whether you’re talking or writing to someone in your town or on the other side of the globe.
Estimation – Develop the ability to estimate metric measurements without using tools. This skill helps interpret the world around us.
Cooking Confidence – Metric system measurements simplify cooking and baking. Visit the NIST Metric Kitchen for recipes and follow along with two new fun videos for Chocolate Chip Cookies and Brownies.
Gardening – Measure plant spacing, garden plot area, rainfall calculations , and watering with metric units.
Health Awareness – Monitor your health using metric units for height, weight, and blood pressure. Track fitness progress with metric measurements.
Shop Savvy – Use metric units found on product labels when shopping for groceries and products. Make informed value comparisons with metric unit pricing.
Sports and Recreation – Enjoy outdoor activities and sports using metric units, such as bicycling, running, and swimming.
Temperature Comfort – Use degree Celsius for understanding climate temperature conditions, weather forecasts, and setting thermostats.