The Maths Week Ireland Maths Eyes awards ceremony took place last Thursday (23 April 2015) where 7 overall winners from 27 categories displayed their creative works and were presented with their awards by Minister for Education and Skills, Ms Jan O Sullivan.
Competition participants used their “maths eyes” to see mathematics in their surroundings, taking photos and creating a Maths Eyes Poster complete with tagline highlighting the maths.
The competition has run during Maths Week for the last three years and has grown each year with almost 700 entries last October. Participants come from primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, adult education students, parents and community members alike.
Having Maths Eyes changes the view of mathematics from being just something everyone does in school. With Maths Eyes people see mathematics all around them and mathematics becomes real and meaningful.
The project was devised by Dr Terry Maguire and Ciaran O’Sullivan in Tallaght Institute of Technology and the competition was coordinated by Epi STEM at the University of Limerick and supported by Maths Week Ireland which is co-ordinated by WIT’s Calmast.
For more information, visit www.haveyougotmathseyes.com
About Maths Week Ireland
Maths Week Ireland is an all-Ireland celebration of Mathematics and its applications and is a partnership of over 50 groups - universities, institutes of technology, colleges, museums, libraries, visitor centres, professional bodies indeed any group that sees the importance of maths and the importance of promoting maths.
Maths Week Ireland promotes, awareness, appreciation and understanding of maths through a huge variety of events and activities.
Founded and coordinated by Eoin Gill and Sheila Donegan of Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM outreach centre, the festival has now grown to be the biggest festival of its kind in the world with 250,000 participating in 2014. Maths Week Ireland is an all-island festival and enjoys the support of the Department of Education and Skills North – South Cooperation Unit, the Department of Education Northern Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland along with private sector funding from ESB, Xilinx and CRH.
Maths Week Ireland 2015 will celebrate it’s 10th birthday this year and will take place from October 10 – 18th
For more information, visit www.mathsweek.ie