Maths Week 2021 Update Thursday 21 October

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Daily Maths Week Newsletter 2021
Thursday 21 October


Welcome to the daily Maths Week newsletter.
Happy Thursday! There may only be a few days left in Maths Week, but things are heating up. Check out our adult event this evening with comedian & broadcaster Colm O'Regan, which will look at the maths of climate change and other burning issues.

Wishing you a wonderful Maths Week!

The Maths Week Team

The Function Room with Colm O'Regan
Maths of Climate Change
Thursday 21 October 8pm 
As we come prepare for COP26 at the end of the month,  Join Colm O'Regan and guests to discuss the maths of climate change and other burning issues! Register here.

"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!

Coming up on MathsWeekTV tomorrow:
1010- Cuthbert Sees Double with Sally Lunt
1111- Maths Careers Panel, moderated by Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

For the full Maths Week TV line up, click here.
Catch the live-stream and previous episodes  of Maths Week TV 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
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.

Episode 2: Don’t take this personally but you’re basically a donut

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 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.

Target Boards

Primary school classes can take part in our Maths Week Target Boards here
Keep an eye on our social media for Leaderboard updates throughout the week!

Junior Leader Board
Caheragh N.S. (5144)
Gaelscoil Chluain Meala (3720)
Fourtowns Primary School (2942)
St Patricks Primary School, Loup (1481)
Holy Family P.S. (1365)
Kealkill ns (922)
Our Lady of Mercy PS (868)
St Patrick’s Primary School (674)
St Patricks Legamaddy (662)
Greystones CNS (629)
Senior Leader Board
Bushypark NS (7887)
Dualla National School (7388)
St Malachys BNS (2533)
S N na Cille (1951)
Dromclough NS (1870)
Scoil Cholmcille Drumman (1536)
Bushypark N.S (1479)
Glinsk Ns (1314)
St Colman’s NS Clara (1268)
Ballinahinch N.S. (1085)

Create a flexagon using our template and video here.
Share your pattern photos with us using #MathsWeekDailyChallenge
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Check back tomorrow for another daily challenge!

You know 2 + 2 comes to the same as 2 x 2. Now find a set of three different whole numbers whose sum is equal to their total when multiplied.

Solution will be shared in tomorrow's newsletter, along with another brain teaser!
You can also check out our daily puzzles in The

Wednesday's Solution:
One way to solve this math riddle is to use even numbers:
The older brother will be twice as old as his younger brother in three years’ time. This immediately rules out the older brother currently being 8, 11, and 14, so he must be 17, and the younger brother 7. Two years ago, they were 15 and 5 respectively, and in three years’ time, they will be 20 and 10.

Helping Adult Learners Overcome Mathematics Anxiety:
The Role of the Tutor

Thursday 21 October, 1-2pm

Webinar organised by NALA and facilitated by Dr Maria D. Ryan, Lecturer in Business, School of Post Primary Education, Mary Immaculate College, Co. Tipp. 
Register here

Maths Careers Event: Maths Week TV
Friday 22 October, 11.11am

Careers event showcasing the many careers involving maths, moderated by Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. (Audience: TY-6th Year (ROI); Y12-Y14 (NI)).
Register here.

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

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The pupils of Toonagh NS enjoyed using geoboards for Maths Week.

A great selection of Maths stories and books on display in Limerick Libraries.

Pupils taking part in a maths trail at St Attracta's NS. 
 The Boys National School Athenry enjoying Maths Week.

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#MathsWeek #IUseMaths #UsaidimMata

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