Maths Week 2021 Update Friday 22 October

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Daily Maths Week Newsletter 2021
Friday 21 October


Welcome to the last daily Maths Week newsletter for 2021!
We have LOVED seeing your photos, activities, videos and maths jokes all week. Please continue to share your Maths Week highlights with us using #MathsWeek.
Today is the last day of our live shows, but recordings are available to watch back on our website for the coming two weeks. 
Don't forget our maths competitons are still open and well worth getting involved in. 

Thanks for taking part and making Maths Week 2021 brilliant!


Best wishes,

The Maths Week Team
Maths Week Competitions

Maths Week Olympiad - Over 30,000 registered
Open to students from Senior Infants (Year 2) to 3rd Year (Year 11).
Learn more here and register your class here

Have you got Maths Eyes? 
Back for its 10th year, Have you got Maths Eyes? is open to students of all ages. See the video of the workshop and learn more here 

Rearranging Equations Bookmark Competition with MTU

First year to TY students are invited to design a bookmark that explains how to rearrange equations. 
Rules and entry details are available here. Entries close 5 November 2021.

"Celebration of Mind" Gathering for Gardner 
Events all week for Martin Gardner's birthday 21 October (1914). Learn more and take part here


                      Find all our Maths Week events here!

Catch the live-stream of Maths Week TV here.

Missed a Maths Week TV show? No problem!

The recordings of all this week's shows are available
at the link above for 2 weeks. 
Watch back - Colm Regan talks to Prof Chris Budd about the maths and physics of climate change.
Excellent resource for secondary schools to understand climate change, what is happening, and how we know it's happening. 

You can catch up on all the great shows for primary and secondary that you may have missed here too. They will be available for a limited time. 
Colm O’Regan is at it again. The award winning comedian, author and broadcaster is back again and this year Colm turns his attention to some everyday objects to show us slightly stranger things.

Watch Colm's take on the pringle and how we're all basically donuts here!

Photograph triangles in the world around you!
Share your pattern photos with us using #MathsWeekDailyChallenge
or email us on

What is the smallest number that increases by 12 when it is flipped and turned upside down? 

Solution is below!
You can also check out our daily puzzles in The

Thursday's Solution:
The three different whole numbers whose sum is equal to their total when multiplied are 1, 2, and 3.

Target Boards

Primary school classes can take part in our Maths Week Target Boards here

Puzzles in the Park
Our #PuzzlesinthePark are located in 16 parks across the island. 
Find your nearest park and check them out!
  • Belfast Victoria Park 
  • Belfast Botanic Gardens
  • Belfast Waterworks
  • Belfast Falls Park Belfast
  • Derry~Londonderry Brooke Park
  • Derry~Londonderry St Columb's Park
  • Derry Walls
  • Galway, Millennium Children’s Park
  • Mayo, Castlebar
  • Limerick, People’s Park
  • Cork, Fitzgerald’s Park
  • Dublin, Merrion Sq
  • Dublin, Mountjoy Sq
  • Dun Laoghaire, People’s Park
  • Kilkenny, Kilkenny Castle
  • Wexford, Johnstown Castle
  • Waterford Kilbarry, Nature Reserve
Check out our On Demand content, including:
-> dhá fhíseán i nGaeilge: Cleas Cárta Matamaiticiúil agus Iontas Sorcoireach

-> Picture Books in Maths Education for Primary Schools: Two primary teachers share their experiences of using storybooks, and in particular picture-books, in the maths classroom.  Grainne Higgins (Co Offaly) and Edward Fitzgerald (Galway) have successfully used these books in maths class and researched the practice. They have prepared two videos to share their learnings with other teachers.  Picture Books in Maths Education – MATHS WEEK IRELAND View our On Demand content here

Dara Ó Briain receives Maths Week Ireland Award

Comedian and science enthusiast Dara Ó Briain has been given the 2021 Maths Week Ireland award for his lifelong contribution to raising public awareness of maths.

The award is presented annually during Maths Week Ireland, a festival of maths and numeracy, which is taking place this week. Ó Briain received it during an online ceremony. 

Ó Briain said he was flattered and privileged to receive this award. “Maths Week itself is a great initiative as it shows us maths and numeracy are for everyone regardless of your level of’s incredible to see the huge numbers participating".

 Read Irish Times report here
Hear what Dara has to say about maths here
Maths Week on RTE's News2Day 
Lumcloon NS in Co. Offaly featured on Tuesday's News2Day with their pumpkin-themed maths week activities. Well done to the staff and pupils for showing how maths can be fun for all! Watch the show here

Lissycasey NS getting creative with angles!

Scoil Mhuire Tullamore loved their lesson with Izak9 cubes for Maths Week.

Pupils at Kinvara NS taking part in some maths activities.

Pumpkin maths fun in Holy Family NS Tubbercurry ahead of Halloween!
Want more?
Visit for more games, activities, resources, events, #MathsWeek news & more!

Fridays Brainteaser Solution:
The answer is 86. When it is turned upside down and flipped, it becomes 98, which is 12 more than 86.

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