2,208 Offaly school children took part in Maths Week Ireland events recently with Maths Week Ireland reporting record numbers for 2016.
Over a quarter of a million pupils registered on their website plus an estimated 50,000 people who attended events across the island enjoying the largest festival of maths in the world.
Teachers and pupils were very creative and most organised their own events to promote maths within their school. Some of these events included doing maths trails, holding maths fairs, visiting the local supermarket to investigate prices and budgeting and investigating and measuring the height of local structures.
The 11th annual Maths Week officially began with Maths in the City at St Stephens Green on October 15 and culminated with a day of Maths in the City Belfast at the Ulster Museum on Saturday 22 and a maths-themed fun at the Celebration of Mind at Botanic Gardens in Dublin on October 23. Mid-week Maths Week events stretched from Dublin to Belfast across to Letterkenny, south to Tralee and east to Waterford with (almost) everywhere in between!
One of the main highlights of the week was the presentation of the inaugural Maths Week Ireland Award to Des MacHale, emeritus professor of mathematics at University College Cork in recognition of his longstanding promotion of mathematics in Ireland.
Claire Flynn, Programme Manager of Maths Week said “More than one million people have engaged with Maths Week over the past eleven years, helping them to have a more positive attitude towards maths. This in turn should have an impact on how the young people of Ireland view maths and promote interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related careers. The week is a true partnership of people working together for a common aim - a very important aim - to promote mathematics for all.”
”We are now already looking forward to the twelfth year of Maths Week, which will take place in October 2017. We’ll be aiming to increase yet again the number of people taking part and spread our message even further”, concluded Claire.
Co-ordinated by Calmast at Waterford Institute of Technology, Maths Week Ireland is run as a partnership of over 50 public and private sector institutions and groups, including the universities and institutes of technology, professional bodies, libraries and visitor centres who are committed to promoting an interest in mathematics, as well as many of Ireland’s flagship employers. It is an all-island event.
Maths Week is supported by the Department of Education and Skills, Science Foundation Ireland, Department of Education Northern Ireland, ESB and Xilinx.
More information about Maths Week can be found at www.mathsweek.ie, or on Twitter @mathsweek