Maths Week Ireland takes place from 16th-24th October 2021

Almost 5,000 pupils from 29 schools in Waterford are already registered for Maths Week 2021 and that number will continue to grow as we approach the start of the festival on 16 October, according to the organisers Calmast at WIT. In fact, over 225,000 are registered across the Island of Ireland from almost 1,000 schools according to Calmast who coordinate the festival for the entire Island.

Maths Week was founded at WIT in 2006 by Eoin Gill and Dr Sheila Donegan and it quickly spread with all the institutes of technology, universities and teacher training colleges across the island joining in. Teachers and schools readily embraced the initiative that highlights the importance of maths through fun and challenging talks. Maths Week Ireland soon became the biggest festival of its kind in the world inspiring many other events, including the recently established Maths Week Scotland and Maths Week England.

Engagement will be delivered remotely due to continuing concerns about Covid. Pupils and teachers will run their own activities in school. MathsWeekTV will bring some of the world’s leading maths presenters into classrooms the length and breadth of the island. Schools north and south will meet online in various activities and competitions. A careers session presented by Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will showcase the great career opportunities that mathematical courses can open. However, the festival is not just for those who find maths easy, the guiding philosophy is “Maths for All” and there are events and activities for all ages and abilities. A series of Maths in the Park signs will be placed in 20 parks around the island including Kilbarry nature reserve, Waterford.

WIT’s lead nationally in this area was recognised this year, winning the Best Education Outreach Category at the Education Awards. WIT has also been shortlisted in the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year category for UK and Ireland at the prestigious (Times) THE Higher Education Awards. The first Higher Education institute in Ireland to be thus recognised. 

Co-ordinated by Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM Engagement Centre, Maths Week is supported by the Department of Education and Skills, SFI Discover Programme, Department for the Economy Northern Ireland, ESB and tech firm Xilinx. It is run with more than 60 partner organisations including universities, institutes of technology, libraries, schools, training colleges, visitor centres and employers.

Full programme with ongoing event and programme updates are available on the Maths Week website www.mathsweek.ie

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