Seven-week maths programme for junior cycle pupils to begin in October

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A math programme aimed at second and third-year secondary school pupils will begin on Monday, 1 October.

The programme, in its third year and held by NUI Galway’s School of Maths,  will run for seven weeks (excluding the bank holiday) every Monday from 7.30 – 9pm until 19 November.

A part of a nationwide Irish Mathematical Trust initiative, the Junior Mathematics Enrichment programme is open to Junior cycle pupils who are interested in or enthusiastic about mathematics.

Through a series of weekly activities, designed to explore mathematical ideas in a supportive and engaging manner, the Junior Mathematics Enrichment aims to offer an opportunity for students to develop problem-solving skills in an environment centred on the enjoyment of discovery among like-minded peers.

The programme is run by a dedicated collective of students from NUI Galway’s Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Education programme under the direction of Dr Aisling McCluskey.

Dr McCluskey said: “There is a massive appetite amongst parents, pupils and teachers for this type of opportunity – and a great untapped talent at the junior level. The Junior Mathematics Enrichment programme exposes a rich and fertile seam of mathematical ability in junior cycle, supported by a strong network of parents, teachers, students and lecturers.”

All County Galway secondary schools are invited to nominate Junior cycle students who have an interest in mathematics for the seven-week programme.