Magic Maths Shows + Games + Challenges = Maths Week 2013!

Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister of State for Research and Innovation, with Eoin Gill and Dr Sheila Donegan, and students from St Brigids and St Marys schools in Dublin

Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister of State for Research and Innovation, with Eoin Gill and Dr Sheila Donegan, and students from St Brigids and St Marys schools in Dublin

More than 150,000 people are expected to participate in events during Maths Week 2013 which takes place from 12 – 20 October. Maths Week is an annual all-island festival aimed at promoting maths for everyone. The week will see world-renowned Maths presenters flock to Ireland to join local mathematicians in the biggest festival of its kind in the world.

A variety of fun and interesting events for children and adults will take place during the festival. Over 200 events are being organised, with many being hosted by Maths Week partners including Universities, Institutes of Technology and employers. National and international mathematicians will bring maths to life for people of all ages through maths games, teasers, challenges and magic maths shows.  For those who can’t make it to an event, activities will also be available on .

Highlights include:

  • Maths in the City in Dublin’s Stephen’s Green on Saturday 12 October and in Belfast on 19 October

  • Mathsfest conference for hundreds of teachers in UCD on 12 October

  • The Mallow Maths and Science Fair on Sunday 13 October

  • US maths education guru Prof. Keith Devlin talks to young people about maths and gaming in the National Concert Hall on Monday 14 October.  For adults and the gaming community, Keith Devlin will talk in the Science Gallery that evening

  • Maths greatest unsolved puzzles in UCC on 15 October

  • Bubbles the Mathematical Clown in Waterford Institute of Technology on 15 October

  • Maths and Rhythm in Marino College, Dublin on 16 October

  • The Maths Magic Show with Mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey in Letterkenny on 15 October and in Dublin on 17 October

  • Maths family fun at the Pumpkin Festival at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin on 20 October

Speaking at the launch of Maths Week Ireland 2013, Minister of State for Innovation and Research, Sean Sherlock T.D. said, “Maths is a vital skill for every one of us. As an economy, it’s critical that we encourage young people to try hard at maths and to understand the importance of maths in opening up a wide range of career opportunities. Maths is also important in our everyday lives. I am delighted to support Maths Week as a great way of changing public perception of maths and increasing our mathematical literacy. I’d encourage everyone, young and not so young, to come along to one of the Maths Week events”.

Eoin Gill (WIT) Maths Week Ireland Coordinator commented, “We are delighted to launch the eighth Maths Week. Thanks to the great enthusiasm of partners, teachers and pupils all around the island Maths Week Ireland is now the leading festival of its kind in the world. It is a great example of what we can be achieedin Ireland when groups work together pursuing a common interest.”

“During the week we hope to help people of all ages to understand how helpful a good understanding of maths can be in their everyday lives. People often have a notion that their brain isn’t configured for maths. Once they believe that, it is hard for them to flourish. The reality is that while not everyone can score an A1 in Higher Level Maths, everyone can succeed at maths if we have a more positive attitude. Maths Week has something for all levels .”

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 north and south.

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