Daily Update Maths Week 2020 October 16/10/20

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Daily Maths Week Newsletter 2020

Friday October 16


Next Up on MathsWeekTV
- watch live -

Primary School Event with Kjartan Poskitt @ 10:10 am
Secondary School Event with James Tanton @ 11:11 am
Virtual Hamilton walk @ 2:00 pm

Join the threads on twitter #MathsWeek2020

It's hard to believe it has been 15 years of Maths Week. What an amazing Maths Week this has been. We didn't know what to expect, but we knew that after all the disruption, we just had to deliver Maths Week 2020. We are absolutely blown away by the participation of schools, teachers and pupils and partners.
So far:
Over 360,000 pupils registered
more than 120,000 valid answers have been submitted to Targetboards.   
There have been 11,513 views of these daily newsletters
MathsWeekTV have been a runaway success. Combined views have been 10,027. If each of those represented one class of 30 students. That could be 300,000. Isn't that incredible? 
Franz Schlindwein ran a  quiz with 168 classes on Wednesday - up to 5,000 pupils. So good that he is running it again today (details here). And there were lots more events. 
There has been 117,895 views of our daily maths article and puzzle in the journal.ie
And of course schools ran their own amazing events which we have seen on social media.
We have 6,661 followers on twitter and earned 120,000 tweet impressions for Maths Week.
#mathsweek2020 has been trending every day!
Maths Week is the biggest festival of its kind in the world, because it was founded on the principle of "Maths for All" and is built with a spirit of  partnership and cooperation. Between us we are making a big impact. 
It has been a new challenge for us and I would like to take this time to thank the organising team: Diane, Ben, Kayleigh and Sheila  at Waterford Institute of Technology for a monumental effort. We are grateful to all the partners across the island and all the presenters and contributors and the parents, teachers and pupils. Thanks also for the generous support from the Department of Education and Skills, ESB, Department for the Economy, Science Foundation Ireland,  Xilinx and Mangahigh as great resources are needed to deliver such an event. 
Finally Maths Week was never meant to confine Maths to one week. While we try and make a big celebration for participants, the ideas that we develop can be used throughout the year. The Have You Got Maths Eyes Competition is open until 30 November and is an excellent activity for primary and secondary schools. 
You can also still do the Living Maths Olympiad - fun and challenging test with papers for all ages from 5 to 15. 
Maths Week has been so much fun,
I can't wait now for 2021!
(well maybe not just yet)
Eoin Gill, Coordinator Maths Week Ireland

Share your thoughts 

Now that Maths Week is drawing to a close in schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland, make sure you have registered participation on https://www.mathsweek.ie/2020/register/.
By registering, you are in with a chance to win one of five high spec Samsung Galaxy tablets or a set of IZAK9 Cubes for your school.
As part of the registration process we ask you to fill in a short survey. We value your feedback as it will help us understand your needs better and inform us on how we can make Maths Week Ireland even better in the years ahead.
Next week we will be sending you out a short follow up survey. With this year being the first time we have gone digital, we would really like to hear your thoughts on how the festival went. Thank you!

MathsWeekTV Schedule for TODAY and TOMORROW:

Today is the last day of MathsWeekTV – thank you to all the schools who joined the live audience and who had great questions for our maths week presenters!
We had many, many other schools watch live on MathsWeekTV so a BIG thank you to you too!
All of today’s shows are available to view live, there is no need to get tickets.
The Primary school show will start streaming at 10:10 and available here
The Secondary school show will begin at 11:11 and will available here
The Hamilton Walk will take place virtually at 2:00 pm and will be available here


Momentous Maths with Kjartan Poskitt
Author of the Murderous Maths series and long-time Maths Week presenter, Kjartan always delivers a hilarious, puzzling and enlightening show for primary school children (9 – 12 yrs.).


James Tanton will show us How to fold things into thirds.
This event is for 12 – 15-year olds to view on MathsWeekTV. It would be great if viewers could bring a tie or a shoelace or a piece of string, something floppy they can fold lots of times.

Adults / teachers senior pupils

The traditional Hamilton Walk, retracing William Rowan Hamilton’s steps from Dunsink Observatory to Broom Bridge, where on this day in 1843 he had his 'Eureka moment' will take place virtually  today. You can see it on this page:  More details available here

There are lots of  games / competitions available on our website here  including:

Don’t forget, there are lots of games, activities and resources available on the website 

Acmhainní as Gaeilge
Tá físeán againn a dtaispeanan triceanna matamaitice le cártaí do scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge. Cuirfear iontas ortsa agus ar na dáltai. Féach sonraí anseo.

Tá Colm tar eis físeán eile a dhéanamh. Cuireann an cheann nua cheist faoi "Iontas Sorcóireacht"

Last day of Targetboards. Well done to the hundreds of schools that have been taking part. It takes exceptional effort to make the leader boards. Well done to all. Great efforts. 

Daily Maths Week Challenge
Check out the daily maths week photo challenge on social media. Today we are challenging you to get hand's on with maths.Remember #mathsweek2020
Create your own Flexagon  – take a photo and share it using #MathsWeek2020

Check out how you can make your own flexagons on the maths week website here:

Today’s Maths Week Brain Teaser
Each day we will bring you a mathematical brain teaser designed to challenge the solver. Post it on your school’s social media or on your maths week board in school and get your students thinking laterally and logically as they strategize to solve the puzzle.

In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995, that same person is 10 years old. How can this be?

You can find the solution to this puzzle below

For more puzzles check out the Maths Week daily problems in TheJournal.ie

Solution for today’s puzzle:
The person was born in 2005 B.C. 
Highlights from previous days
Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin awarded the Maths Week Ireland Award for Rasing Public Awareness of Maths.
Here we have Director of Maths Week Ireland, Dr Sheila Donegan presenting the award to Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin at Richmond Barrack in Kilmainham.
Online Maths Week Workshops
This year on behalf of Maths Week Ireland, our partners in Higher Education Institutions across Ireland held online maths workshops for primary school children. These workshops were presented by Maths Week presenters: Douglas Buchanan, Christian Mercat, Andrew Jeffrey, Fernando Blasco. Thank you to NUIGalway, Dundalk IT, Cork IT, University of Limerick and Letterkenny IT for virtually hosting lots of schools in their surrounding areas and thank you to the maths week presenters who entertained them!
All the Maths Week Shows from earlier on in the week are available on MathsWeekTV PLAYBACK. Recordings will be taken down from the site by the end of next week so don’t miss out!
Maths Teachers who are teaching inferential statistics to their senior cycle students should check out Dr Laura’s talk on risk assessment. Why not invite your students to check it out over the weekend.
With over 1,000 views on YouTube, we reckon that at least 20,000 primary school children have watched Dr Ken Farquhar’s Magical Maths show “It Doesn’t Add Up”

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