Maths Week Ireland 2021 promises a number of interesting events

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Maths Week Ireland is upon us once again, with this year’s events kicking off from 16 to 24 October. The eight-day celebration of all things mathematical will see a number of events including maths magic workshops, family scavenger hunts, walks and maths challenges taking place all over the country.

Similar to last year’s Maths Week, events will mostly be held online or in schools due to Covid-19 compliance. Eoin Gill, Maths Week Ireland co-ordinator, said: “The high levels of engagement and success of Maths Week 2020 has shown that we are able to deliver entertaining and interesting activities for schools and the public through a virtual platform, and this will continue during Maths Week 2021.”

“Maths will always be a part of our lives and Maths Week 2021 is a celebration of this. We’re really excited to deliver another action-packed programme full of events where participants can enhance their skills and interest in maths,” Gill added.

The MathsWeekTV channel will return this year to broadcast two daily programmes live online. One show will be aimed at primary school children, while the other will be aimed at second level pupils and classes across the island.

MathsWeekTV will feature entertaining presenters such as Dr Tom Crawford, mathematician, and creator of the award-winning website ‘TomRocksMaths.’Author of the ‘Murderous Maths’ books, Kjartan Poskitt, TV presenter and maths teacher, Bobby Seagull and children’s author and maths teacher Sally Lunt will also be appearing.

This year, Maths Week’s organisers have teamed up with a storyteller who will deliver a mathematical adventure designed for pre-school children and 3–6-year-olds.

As well as events for kids, there will be plenty of things for adults to keep an eye out for. Maths Week Ireland’s annual awards ceremony event will celebrate people who have made notable contributions to raising public awareness of maths. Last year’s winner was maths lecturer and education advocate, Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.

The Hamilton walk will return this year as an outdoor socially distanced event. The walk begins at Dunsink Observatory and goes to Broombridge along the Royal Canal in Dublin. It is named after the mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton.

Maths Week is co-ordinated by Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM Outreach Centre and funded through the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme, the Department of Education and Skills, Matrix: the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, ESB and Xilinx. It is run with more than 50 partner organisations including universities, institutes of technology, libraries, schools, training colleges and employers.

Dr Ruth Freeman, director of science for society, Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Maths Week increases public interest in the subject and explores its positive effects in our world, as well as furthering our understanding of all walks of life through maths. Maths is essential to many jobs, the functioning of our society and the success of our economy, and I encourage everyone to get involved in the activities taking place across the island.”

The full programme and details of how to get involved are available on the Maths Week website.

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