Engineers encouraged to get involved with Maths Week Ireland
04 October 2016
Minister for Education and Skills launches Maths Week Ireland 2016 with pupils from Rutland School, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1
Maths Week Ireland, now in its 11th year, will run from 15-23 October 2016 and over a quarter of a million are expected to participate.
Maths is a key discipline underpinning engineering, science and technology. For a country with Ireland’s expectations and with Ireland’s small population, we need to be at the top of the international maths class to produce world-class engineers in the numbers necessary.
Maths Week was founded to improve attitudes towards maths across the island and to show the importance of mathematics in many careers. It was founded ten years ago by Eoin Gill, chartered engineer, and Dr Sheila Donegan at Waterford Institute of Technology. It has grown to be the largest festival of its kind in the world. Maths Week is a partnership of universities, institutes of technology, and bodies such as Engineers Ireland all working together to promote maths.
Launching Maths Week Ireland 2016, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton said, “Events such as Maths Week have a significant role to play in both the promotion and understanding of maths and the wider STEM agenda among young people today. With widespread recognition of the importance of maths for the future of our graduates, it’s crucial that we encourage a positive attitude towards maths, making it accessible to all.”
Events will be taking place at venues across Ireland, north and south, catering for thousands of people. Dr James Tanton, Mathematician-at-Large with the Mathematical Association of America has booked out the RDS Concert Hall twice for secondary students, while mathemagican Andrew Jeffrey will fill The Helix Theatre twice for primary schools.
Engineers Ireland will be presenting events while engineers across the island will be involved. Douglas Buchanan will be doing a presentation at Clyde Road on Monday 17 October for primary schools, while Prof Robin Wilson will give a presentation for secondary schools also at headquarters.
Meanwhile schools will run special in-school activities to celebrate maths or engage with online activities. For families or adults there will be events such as Maths in the City in Dublin (Saturday 15) and Belfast (Saturday 22) with lots of magic, puzzles and challenges. Maths will take to the pub on evening of Tuesday 20 October in Dublin. There will also be family days in Mallow GAA club (Sunday 16) and Botanic Gardens Dublin (Sunday 23). On Saturday 16 October, there will be a recreational maths evening at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin. Further information is avilable on the Maths Week website, www.mathsweek.ie.
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