Maths Week Ireland 2021 set to attract over 250,000 young people
Maths Week Ireland (MWI), which runs October 16-24, announced a wide range of events for young and old across the island of Ireland.
Due to ongoing Covid precautions, much of the 2021 program will go live, but already 250,000 students are registered to participate.
MWI is once again showing the benefits of mathematical thinking and the opportunities it creates for students, society and the economy, according to organizers Calmast, the STEM awareness center at the Waterford Institute of Technology.
Whether you love math, patterns and numbers, or even just hate, there is something interesting for everyone, said MWI coordinator Eoin Gill.
âStudents and teachers will organize fun and challenging math activities in schools across the island. An inclusive event, cross-border participation is an important part of Mathematics Week. . . Now in its 16th year, it continues to be the world’s premier math festival and has been replicated in England and Scotland, âhe added.
The Hamilton Walk returns as a social distancing outdoor event. The Dunsink Observatory in Broombridge walk along the Royal Canal in Dublin celebrates a famous mathematical discovery by Sir William Rowan Hamilton in 1843. It takes place on Saturday October 16 and is organized by Maynooth University and the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies.
Action packed program
âMath will always be a part of our lives and Math Week 2021 is a celebration of it. We’re really excited to offer another action-packed, event-packed program where participants can improve their math skills and interest, âsaid Gill.
This year will see the return of MathsWeekTV, which will broadcast live two daily online shows for elementary and secondary school students. The lineup includes Dr. Tom Crawford, mathematician and creator of the award-winning TomRocksMaths website; Kjartan Poskitt, who has sold more than five million books of murderous mathematics; the Bobby Seagull diffuser; and children’s author and professor of mathematics Sally Lunt.
As usual, WMI recognizes that “math isn’t just for school, it’s for life and there are evenings for adults and weekends for families.” Notable events include:
– Workshops where schools across the island will have the opportunity to participate in online learning about the magic of mathematics;
– Daily math challenges taking place in schools;
– “Loving math” activities for children from 3 to 6 years old; and
– Family treasure hunts on the theme of mathematics.
The Maths Week Award 2021 will also be announced in recognition of an individual’s contribution to raising public awareness of mathematics.
Decisions and Creativity
Education Minister Norma Foley kicked off Math Week 2021 by emphasizing that âMathematics not only helps individuals develop skills, including critical thinking and problem solving, but also helps us make decisions in our daily life and encourage creativity â.
âEnsuring that children learn math skills from an early age is intrinsic to their personal growth and will serve them well throughout their lives. Math Week supports the understanding of mathematics and numeracy in society through its many activities and promotes a positive attitude towards the topic, âsaid Ms. Foley.
Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland, said the week increases public interest in the topic and explores its positive effects in our world, while deepening our understanding of all walks of life through to mathematics. âMathematics is essential to many jobs, to the functioning of our society and to the success of our economy, and I encourage everyone to get involved in the activities that take place across the island,â he said. she adds.
MWI is funded by IFC’s Ireland Discover program; the Ministry of Education and Skills; Matrix – the Northern Ireland science industry panel, ESB and Xilinx. It is managed with more than 50 partner organizations, including universities, institutes of technology, libraries, schools, training institutions and employers.
Details of the program are at www.mathsweek.ie