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Maths Week Newsletter June 2020

Welcome to the June Edition of the Maths Week Ireland Newsletter, where we share some of the great things to see and do this month. After 10 issues of lockdown weekly newsletters, we are reverting back to our monthly schedule. 
Authorities, North and South, are planning for schools reopening in September. At this distance, we don't know what form this will take. It will likely be a phased approach with some continued need for remote learning and support. If you have any ideas how we can continue to support please get in touch. Maths Week will take place as usual in October, and we are planning for these different likely scenarios.    

Don’t forget to put Maths Week 2020 into your diary:
10th to 18th October 2020
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Our Maths at Home Contribution
During the schools closures we have delivered
  • 44 daily Maths at Home activities with 70,726 views
  • plus daily challenge and daily recommended resource
  • 90 Targetboards, with over 26,000 valid answers
  • 144 24/Licence Plate puzzles
  • 327 tweets to 6289 followers earning 599,000 impressions
  • 10 weekly Newsletters to 8,500 subscribers

In this weeks Maths at Home Newsletter


Maths Eyes
Maths Eyes is an innovative approach to building a positive image of mathematics. It involves giving learners of all ages a new perspective on the world around them by encouraging them to see everyday objects in terms of maths – be it in terms of numbers, geometric shapes, lengths, and angles. Developed by a team at Tallaght Campus of the Technological University Dublin and the National Forum for Teaching and Learning, the Maths Eyes resource pack is bursting with ideas for exercises to help teachers bring the “real world” into the classroom. Every year during Maths Week, the Maths Eyes team runs a photo competition, with categories for all ages from children to adult and community groups.
This year there were hundreds of entries from across the island of Ireland and beyond! The shortlisted entries from each category are as follows:
Family and Community Category
Family and Community shortlisted entries:

Billy Walsh x 2
, Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Co. Tipperary 
Rory Grant x 2, St. Mura's NS, Tooban, Co.Donegal
Hannah Brennan, Cnoc Mhuire Granard, Co. Longford
7 and Under Category
7 and Under Shortlisted Entries:

Oisin Coughlan
, St.Kilian's Junior National School, Co. Dublin
James Lagan, St.Kilian's Junior National School, Co. Dublin
Fiach O'Brien Shine, St.Kilian's Junior National School, Co. Dublin
Kapish Bansal, St.Kilian's Junior National School, Co. Dublin
Evie O'Connor, St.Kilian's Junior National School, Co. Dublin
11 and Under Category
11 and Under Shortlisted Entries:

Mary Kate Keane,
Our Lady's GNS, Ballinteer, Co. Dublin
S. Mooney, St Aidan's NS, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo
T. Carroll, St Aidan's NS, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo
Matthew Thomas, Merrin Primary School, New Zealand
Taylor Begg, Merrin Primary School, New Zealand
14 and Under Category
14 and Under Shortlisted Entries:

Eva Moran
, Presentation College Currylea, Tuam, Co. Galway
Michael Murphy, Cnoc Mhuire, Co. Longford
Ailbhe Brady, Cnoc Mhuire, Co. Longford
Ella Mc Ardle, St. Louis Secondary School, Co. Monaghan
E. Mooney, St Aidan's NS, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo
19 and Under Category
19 and Under Shortlisted Entries:

Gabriel Abregu-Gajda
Gaelcholaiste an Chlair, Ennis CC, Co. Clare
Nicola Greene, St.Mary's College, Naas, Co. Kildare
Caoilinn Treanor Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
Elisa Xiao, Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney
Harry Kiernan, Cnoc Mhuire, Co. Longford

Projects Category
Projects Shortlisted Entries:

Joanne De Loughrey
, St. Nessans National School, Co. Limerick
Leanne Brady, St Mogues College, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan
Adam Mulqueen, St. Colmcilles SNS, Co. Dublin
Mary Lynam, St. Kevin's Community College, Co. Dublin

Adult Education Category
Adult Education Shortlisted Entries:

Alexandru Vacarciuc
, Scoil Cholmcille Naofa, Co. Dublin
The posters of each shortlisted entry is available to view on

Congratulations to all who have been shortlisted!!

Prizes will be awarded to you at the beginning of the next school term
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Problem Solving with Maths Week


Skills at problem solving are very useful in life and in the workplace. The good news is that you can learn these skills. Problem solving should be at the heart of maths education. We present hands on maths resource to help families / students develop problem solving skills in a fun and engaging way.

Follow this link to find out more:

Daily Maths Activities

We have finished the daily maths at home activity but you can see them all - over 40-   Maths at Home Activity page. 

What's on

June 9th to 16th


Bloomsday Festival Maths

Tomorrow 16 June is Bloomsday and the date in 1904 that James Joyce set his epic novel Ulysses. Joyce said: “I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality”.  

The book is difficult territory without a guide. A recent online event from Dunsink Observatory organised by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) will guide you through mathematical, scientific and astronomical references in Ulysses. It features readings from Barry McGovern and music and song from Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy.  You can watch a clip featuring Maths Week's Eoin Gill below

The full video will be available free tomorrow on DIAS YouTube channel. You can see a range of DIAS events there also.

Clip from Heaventree of Stars looking at Mathematical Refernces
19th June

Happy 80th birthday to DIAS!

To mark the big birthday Professor Gerard 't Hooft (Utrecht University) will be the speaker for the DIAS Day Lecture, entitled Black Holes and How They Might Be Sources of New Physics. It will take place online on Friday at 5 pm.  If you are interested in attending this event then you can get your tickets for free from Eventbrite here

19th June

I AM A.I Virtual tour

Artificial Intelligence is the most exciting technology of our time. But how exactly does it work? In which areas is it used? And what are its limitations? On the 19th of June you can join in on the launch of I AM A.I. to explore these questions.

The team at I AM A.I will unreel the magic of A.I as they take you through the mathematics behind it. The tour is set to encourage visitors to use a critical style of thinking as they ask questions such as “Why can a computer understand what I am saying” and “How does a self-driving vehicle make decisions”. The event promises to provide descriptive and clear answers to these and other questions.

The interactive tour will include interactive online exhibits, accompanied by a virtual guide and is aimed at anybody aged 12 and above who is interested.
Keep an eye on for the latest updates on this exciting venture into the world of A.I

Momath, the national museum of mathematics in the USA, is an award-winning museum that highlights the role of maths in the world around us. They present dynamic galleries and programs that are designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of maths. As the museum is closed due to the current public health situation they have curated a full menu of online events and student sessions at Register for this weeks events:

Friday June 19th

Free Family Fridays: "Engineering with Paper" with Godwyn Morris 

Family Fridays is designed to bring families together to enjoy a diverse array of engaging mathematical activities, promoting interest and enthusiasm among kids and adults alike.  The activities are designed so that all attendees, regardless of age, can participate on an equal footing.  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.


Learn more and register at

MoMath Weekly puzzles
Enjoying Mind-Benders for the Quarantined
Tag @MoMath1 on social media and tell your friends to sign up at!

20th June:

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (AOP) have been working hard during the lockdown period keeping their followers engaged with fun and interesting videos, talks and information on the topic of science and astronomy.

Alongside experiments parents and their children can do at home, bedtime stories and interviews with colleagues within AOP, the education team have been looking for innovative ways to capture the imagination of the public and, in their new feature, they are really shooting for the stars!

They have launched their online interview series entitled “Five Questions With…” and episode 3 is taking place on 20th June at 4 pm on their Facebook and YouTube pages:

Facebook: @armaghplanet
YouTube: Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

On Saturday the team are speaking with Tom Kerss, a freelance astronomer and science communicator who, when not appearing on TV, writes articles, speaks on radio, publishes children’s books and works on his podcast.

Catch up on previous week’s episodes here


20th and 21st June:


Photo of Stonehenge courtesy of

Watch the summer solstice at Stonehenge live on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June. English heritage will be broadcast live, for free, on their social media channels. You can sign up to their Facebook event for more updates or watch YouTube, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok.

Sunset will be broadcast live on Saturday 20th at 21:26 and Sunset will be at 04:42 on Sunday 21st June (all times are British Summer Time)


20 - 26 June 2021, Portorož, Slovenia

The 8th European Congress of Mathematics was due begin this month in Slovenia but due to the current travel restrictions the event has been postponed until 2021. However, the 10 EMS Prizes for 2020 have been announced.
Every four years, during the European Congress of Mathematics, the European Mathematical Society awards 10 EMS Prizes “to young researchers not older than 35 years, of European nationality or working in Europe, in recognition of excellent contributions in mathematics.” This year there were two mathematicians from the UK amongst the winners: Ana Carainani (Imperial College of London) and Jack Thorne (Cambridge).
Ana Caraiani is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Reader at Imperial College London. Her research interests include classical and p-adic Langlands programs, Shimura varieties, and arithmetic geometry. In addition to receiving the EMS Prize at the 8ECM, Dr. Caraiani was due to speak in a minisymposium “A journey from pure to applied mathematics (MS - ID 53)”, organized by European Women in Mathematics, but this has now been postponed until 2021.

Jack Thorne is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He is a British mathematician working in number theory and arithmetic aspects of the Langlands Program and specialises in algebraic number theory.
28th June

Image of Momath Event courtesy of

Join award-winning professor and author Steven Strogatz as the National Museum of Mathematics announces the inaugural winners of the first annual Steven H. Strogatz Prize for Math Communication

Stand-up comedian and recreational mathematician Matt Parker will be on hand to kick off the event with his own special brand of humor.

The Strogatz Prize — a worldwide contest providing cash awards to high school students with outstanding math communication projects in categories such as art, performance, social media, video, and writing — will be presented during an online award ceremony on Sunday, June 28, at 8:00 pm BST

All are welcome to this special event. For more information and to register for this free event, please visit

In Case you missed it....

June 10th

Queen’s University Belfast were delighted to air their TEDx digital event on 10 June 2020, supported by corporate partner, PwC.

Entitled ‘Adapt and Change’, this year’s digital event offered informed opinion pieces and reflections on the changes taking place all around us a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The varied line-up includes short talks by academics from across the University.

Check it out here

11th June:

DIAS Lockdown Lectures

DIAS released their final Lockdown Lecture on the 11th of June! The road from Dunsink to Eleven Dimensions brings the audience on a virtual tour from Hamilton’s quaternions to modern day quantum gravity.
You will be able to catch up on the entire Lockdown Lecture Series this week by tuning into the DIAS Dublin YouTube Channel

Julia Robinson Math Festival

Our friends at the Julia Robinson Math Festival movement in the US do great work worldwide and produce great activities. They are dedicated to the same principals as us in making maths fun, challenging, team oriented and accessible. JRMF CEO Dr Mark Saul has presented at Maths Week 2018 & 2019 and we have seen at first hand how dedicated they are and how effective their materials are. You can explore their activities on their website


You can also see some of the resources they have prepared for the Covid Lockdown
All resources are also available in Spanish on their website.

1.     Tiling Challenge - June 11, 2020 

2.     Sum Free LadyBug - June 4, 2020 - Sum Free LadyBug App

3.     Nuggets for Sale  - May 28, 2020 - Nuggets for Sale App

4.     Squareland  - May 21, 2020

5.     Digit Sums - May 14, 2020

6.     Color Triangles  - May 7, 2020 - Color Triangles App

7.     Blue Dot Solitaire  - April 30, 2020 - Blue Dot Solitaire App

8.     Skyscrapers  - Skyscrapers (younger) - April 23, 2020 - Skyscraper App

9.     Wolves and Sheep - April 16, 2020 - Wolves and Sheep App

10.   Frogs and Toads  - April 9, 2020

11.   Lightbulbs  - April 2, 2020

12.  Tower of Hanoi  - March 26, 2020

The PDST ran a series of STEM Seminars focusing on Maths at Home for primary schools. 

See for all the recordings to date.


If you want activities that promote Maths and Play you can also find loads at our Maths at Home section on the MathsWeek website.

Teacher's Choice

 Eimear Ní Mhurchú from Gaelscoil Phort     Lairge, recommends   and
 For materials as Gaeilge she uses the templates   that come with the as Gaeilge curriculum.

Topmarks is a leading independent educational website for children, teaching professionals and parents. The website features great, educationally sound online games and whiteboard resources that are both recreational and linked to the maths curriculum. Topmarks gives children the opportunity to learn online, through safe, fun, and engaging games and activities.

The school Hub has been created by the team at Rainbow Education and it now contains thousands of interactive activities to help teachers in Irish classrooms deliver the Primary School curriculum across all subjects. A school subscription costs €69.00 a year and then all computers in your school can log into the School Hub. Anybody can then enter the MATHEMATICS segment on the Hub Wheel where they can access hundreds of virtual maths manipulatives including interactive: clocks, weighing scales, money coins, fraction walls, charts, angles, and an interactive dictionary explaining all terms in a very visual way.

If you would like to recommend a maths book or website then please email us at – We would love to hear from you!

Maths in the Media

An Irish mathematician, Dr. Martin Kerin, from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway, has had a research article published in the Annals of Mathematics, widely regarded as the top journal for pure mathematics in the world. The article, written in collaboration with Professor Sebastian Goette of the University of Freiburg and Professor Krishnan Shankar of the University of Oklahoma, resolves a question first asked around 60 years ago on the geometrical properties of seven-dimensional objects which very closely resemble spheres. Continue reading  here

Pooling Expertise to Tackle Covid-19

In his latest article for The Irish Times, Prof Peter Lynch, author of That’s Maths wrote about how the modelling work is a wonderful example of blending the techniques of applied mathematics and statistics.

“Our lives have been severely restricted in recent months. We are assured that the constraints have been imposed following “the best scientific advice”, but what is the nature of this advice? Among the most important scientific tools used for guidance on the Covid-19 outbreak are mathematical models”
Continue reading here

We continue with our daily Targetboards. These are an excellent way to practice arithmetic. You can get one registration code and share with your class, so all their scores add up.



BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK – Maths Week Ireland
June 2020

Douglas Buchanan ~ ~ ~ @dcbeagle1
In these times of uncertainty throughout the world I thought the ideal theme would be colour and creativity in mathematics. Not only can it be a tool to gain confidence in the subject but it is therapeutic for all.
Clarissa Grandi’s website Artful Maths covers many activities with her strapline being, bold, bright and beautiful ideas for mathematics teaching, learning and play”.

The website includes:

Mathematical Art Lessons – curves of pursuit, Celtic knotwork, impossible shapes, insect symmetry, mazes and labyrinths, modern art, cardoids, patchwork paper patterns, constructing snowflakes, Islamic geometry.

Origami – origami lessons covering a wide range of activities from the simple to quite complex, origami clubs. She stresses expensive origami paper does not have to be used.
Puzzle games – this is a list of apps (several asking for a small fee) covering our topic and some of the graphics are spectacular.

Her blog – makes interesting and inspiring reading and one activity highlighted is the creation of mandalas.

Clarissa writes: “The word ‘mandala’ means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit, and mandalas have a deep spiritual or cosmic meaning in many cultures and traditions. For our #Maydala purposes, a mandala is any circular design exhibiting pattern and symmetry. Mandala making is accessible to all. The repetitive nature of these designs means that drawing them can be a wonderfully absorbing and meditative process, and it's a process that results in stunning geometrical patterns - bonus!”
On the same page you have lessons given by Kathryn Costa (  and you and your pupils will be hooked!



This month’s puzzle

Buying buns
Buns were being sold at three prices: one for a penny, two for a penny, and three for a penny. Some children (there were as many boys as girls) were given seven pennies to spend on these buns, each child to receive exactly the same value in buns. Assuming that all buns remained whole, how many buns, and of what types, did each child receive?

In last month’s puzzle – the solution stated there were 20 people. Can anybody enlighten the readers where that value came from?

Games of the month – We are always looking for easy games for pupils to use to build up their confidence in the subject and they are free. There is a large array of online games covering many aspects of the KS2 curriculum on the Maths Frame website.
Colouring Squared
This website covers Key Stage 1 and 2 concepts where pupils have to find solutions and they have a colour key. The square on the grid then has to be coloured in and in the end, there is an image on the page. Hint: to save paper open the PDF file in WORD or similar and then the pupils can colour (fill) the squares in on the screen.
Stress relief colouring
Just Color provides a wide range of pages for colouring. The opening page is for adults but there is an icon for children’s editions.
Buying buns solution
There must have been three boys and three girls, each of whom received two buns at three for a penny and one bun at two for a penny, the cost of which would be exactly 7p.
Final words
Let us be positive and look forward to a better future. Keep safe.

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