Over 250,000 people took part in Maths Week Ireland events last week making it one of the biggest Maths Week Ireland events to date.
An estimated 238,000 primary and secondary level students took part across the island with an additional 20,000 people attending family and public events as part of the world’s largest festival of Maths.
In Sligo 2,322 school children took part in the programme.
Although ex-Hurricane Ophelia brought two days of events to a halt, that didn’t stop the Maths Week team who battened down the hatches and brought the event online. Over 6,000 people tuned into the Maths Week live stream of activities over the two days of school cancellations.
Launched by Education and Skills Minister, Richard Bruton TD, the 12th annual Maths Week began with Maths in the City at St Stephens Green on 14th October and culminated with a Celebration of Mind at the Botanic Gardens in Dublin on 22nd October.
Mid-week Maths Week events stretched from Dublin to Belfast, across to Arranmore and the Aran Islands, to Cork, Waterford and everywhere in between!
One of the many highlights of the week was the presentation of the second annual Maths Week Ireland Award to Dr. Peter Lynch, Professor of Mathematics at University College Dublin in recognition of his long standing promotion of mathematics awareness in Ireland.In Sligo, The Maths Pub Quiz took place at Anderson’s Grill and bar, as well as Juggling with Dr. Colin Wright at IT Sligo. Teachers and pupils in schools throughout the Sligo also organised their own wonderful events.
Sheila Donegan, Co-Founder, Maths Week said: “It is estimated that over 1.5 million people have engaged with Maths Week over the past twelve years, helping them to have a more positive attitude towards maths. This is supporting interest in STEM related careers among our young people and numeracy in society generally. 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 already looking forward to next year’s Maths Week in October 2018. We’ll be aiming to further increase the number of people taking part and to spread our message even further.”
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, institutes of technology, professional bodies, libraries and visitor centres, committed to promoting an interest in maths, 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
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