Maths Week kicks off tomorrow with over 400,000 people registered to take part

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Rockstars of Maths! Pictured are Darius O’Reilly (9); Jessie Collins (10); Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD; Cathal Billings (11); Lexi Hopkins (10) and Maisie Hogan (10) from Scoil Chaoimhin, Marlborough Street, Dublin. PHOTO: Mark Stedman

Maths Week 2022 will begin tomorrow, Saturday with a range of fun and exciting activities organised across the country.

Over 400,000 people are registered to take part in this year’s Maths Week, including over 350,000 pupils in primary and post-primary schools across the island of Ireland.

Renowned mathematicians will entertain people of all ages in the wonder of maths through interesting talks, games, teasers, challenges, and magic maths shows throughout the week ahead.

It is co-ordinated by Calmast, South East Technological University’s STEM Engagement centre and supported by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover Programme, the Department of Education, and Business in the Community Northern Ireland.

Maths Week Ireland Co-Ordinator, Eoin Gill, said that Maths Week is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to engage with maths through fun games, puzzles, and challenges.

He said that the success of Maths Week in recent years has demonstrated the popularity of the subject and how maths can be enjoyed in so many different ways.

“This year sees the return of Maths Week to classrooms, museums, universities, theatres, libraries, and auditoriums all over the country. A number of online events are also programmed, to make the event as accessible as possible.”

‘MathsWeekTV’ is scheduled to broadcast daily shows online for primary and secondary schools across the island.

It will feature well known presenters such as UK TV presenter and maths teacher Bobby Seagull and children’s author and maths teacher Sally Lunt.

Presenters from Ireland will be joined by presenters from Britain, France, Catalonia, Spain, the US, and South Africa.

Eoin added that activities will not only be based in the classroom; the popular Puzzles in the Park will return to parks around the country including in Galway, Dublin, Kilkenny, Castlebar, Limerick, Waterford and Cork.

“We have also partnered with FoodCloud again to distribute maths puzzles and pop out games to direct provision centres, homeless shelters, and nursing homes across the country. As maths is for everyone, we want to make sure no one is left out,” he said.

“All of these activities help foster a positive attitude towards maths and encourage young people to see that maths and numbers are everywhere all around us and part of everyday life and living across our island and throughout the world.”