Maths Week Newsletter January 11/01/22

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Best Wishes for 2022
Welcome to the January Newsletter

We wish all our readers a happy new year. If you are a teacher, we wish you all the best for the new term. We appreciate how hard it is for teachers on the frontline at present, and we are hoping that we will see the pandemic subside as we move into Spring.
We have a lot of news, resources to share and coming events to share.

In this issue:

Best wishes,
The Maths Week Team
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Maths Week 2022 Annoucement
The dates for Maths Week 2022 have been announced! It will take place from the 15th to the 23rd of October 2022. The Maths Week team are already planning the programme, as a hybrid of online and face-to-face activity. If you have any ideas please get in touch. 

Keep an eye on our website and social media for all the latest updates.

Northern Ireland Science Festival will be back next month with over 180 events across more than 50 venues. One event of interest to the mathematically minded will take place at QUB where  Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter and RSS Statistical Ambassador Dr Anthony Masters will make sense of the pandemic through the numbers. 
Facts about 2022
  • 2022 is part of a Pythagorean triple: 1050 squared plus 1728 squared is equal to 2022 squared.
  • 2022 has 8 divisors. These being: 1,2,3,6, 337, 674, 1011, 2022
  • The sum of the divisors is 4056
  • Factors of 2022 are: 2, 3 and 337
  • The number 2022 is a composite number
If you want to challenge yourself and your class why not try out the below problem.

What will the date be:
1) 2022 days after 1st January 2022?
2) 2022 hours after 1st January 2022?
3) 2022 minutes after 1st January 2022?
4) 2022 seconds after 1st January 2022?

Maths News
Ulster University and partners to receive £8.23m to transform understanding of children’s mathematics learning
  • Professor Victoria Simms from the University’s Coleraine campus will form a key part of the research group which is set to lead the way in transforming understanding of children’s mathematics learning during the early years.
  • Research shows that mathematics skills are important both for individual wellbeing and for a successful economy.
  • Early evidence of the impact of school closures indicates that the disadvantage gap in maths skills has widened throughout, that young children have been impacted the most, and maths is the subject most affected.
  • ESRC research centres are major strategic investments which take forward an ambitious research agenda to deliver real societal and economic impact.
To read the full article, please visit
Boys, not girls, benefit from unconscious bias in maths

In a recent report by the State Examinations Commission, they highlighted an unconscious bias favouring female students.
  • Their research shows that gender bias exists in teachers and mothers’ perceptions, over-estimating the boys’ performance and under-estimating the girls’.
  • It was found that girls’ maths performances, relative to boys’, is underestimated, particularly by mothers, but also by teachers.
  • They suggested that it will impact on their career choice and their opportunity to pursue highly valued Stem careers.
To read the full article visit The Irish Times
Target Boards for January
Target Boards will make their return for the Spring term.
These are available now and can be accessed through Games and Competitions.

Maths at Work

Do you have a story to tell? 
If so, get in touch with us about how you use maths at work.
Contact us on social media or email

Have you visited our website recently?
Why not check out our On Demand page where you can watch a great talk between Colm O'Regan and Chris Budd. On The Function Room podcast, they explore the maths of climate change and how it affects us.


Dates for your diary in 2022:

Peter's Problem

Register by emailing your name and school to

January 12-14th 
BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition, online

Robert Boyle Winter School, online

February 9th

Maths is More: So what is mathematics? with White Rose Maths, Online

February 27th
Covid by Numbers - Making Sense of the Pandemic with Data, Belfast

March 4th
John Hooper Statistical Poster Competition - closing date for posters to be submitted. 

March 5-11th
Engineers Week & SE EngFest

March 14th
International Day of Mathematics

March 30th
Women in STEM Summit 2022, Dublin

April 12-14th
Mathematical Association Conference ‘Mathematical Visions’, online

April 20-21st
European Science Engagement Association
 22 Conference, Cork

June 20-24th
24th Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society, Galway

July 6-14th

International Congress of Mathematicians 

October 15-23rd 
Maths Week Ireland

This meeting attracts maths education specialists and teachers from around the world. 
More info here 
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Puzzle of the Week every Saturday!
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Get in touch, give feedback and feel free to share your ideas and resources.

The Atlas of Irish Mathematics: Belfast


Check out the latest blog on to read about Belfast's most famous mathematicians between the year of 1900 to 1939.
The Maths Map of Ireland
The Maths Map of Ireland is an exciting new project from Maths Week Ireland and the ESB. The project will see the creation of a Maths Map; to include historical places and people relevant to maths; maths trails and contemporary maths figures and places of interest. 

If you would like to add to the Maths Map of Ireland, please email with the subject MATHS MAP. 

DCBEAGLE Challenges

BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK – Maths Week Ireland

Douglas Buchanan ~ ~ ~ @dcbeagle1

Welcome to 2022 and a Happy New Year!
At the beginning of a calendar year there is always a challenge to create number sentences, using all the four digits of the particular year, to find solutions from 1 to 100. This is an ideal activity for all levels. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website has produced an activity sheet for distribution.
The One Thing All Great Teachers Do
This inspirational TEX presentation illustrates the power we have on our pupils in their approach to learning at the time and subsequently in the future. In maths teaching we need to keep the lessons exciting and meaningful whilst the basic concepts are being taken on board. Which would YOU prefer? “For the next 10 minutes let’s play ‘Cross Road’ and see how many multiples of 7 you recognise” or “We are going to chant the 7-times table for the next 10 minutes or until you get it right!”
“With this talk, Dr. Nick Fuhrman encourages us to recognize the profound personal impact that we can have on others — both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Nick Fuhrman is an associate professor of environmental education in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication. Also known as “Ranger Nick,” he teaches graduate courses in educational program development and data analysis.”
Nick’s final analysis:
Great teachers:
1. Celebrate mistakes
2. Appreciate differences
3. Relay feedback
4. Evaluate themselves
Puzzles of the month (H.E. Dudeney)
Exploring the desert
Nine travellers, each possessing a car, meet on the eastern edge of a desert. They wish to explore the interior, always going due west. Each car can travel forty miles on the contents of the engine tank, which holds a gallon of fuel, and each can carry nine extra gallon cans of fuel and no more. Unopened cans can alone be transferred from car to car. What is the greatest distance at which they can enter the desert without making any depots of fuel for the return journey?
The Hidden Power of Maths
The Spring Term is usually an “iffy” term when there are wet “breaks” and this series of Royal Institution Christmas lectures is ideal to show this series. They always lead to discussion and follow up work.
This last Christmas the lectures were on the virus pandemic.
17 Reasons to Love Maths
Taken from the website Top Notch Teaching the following comments were gathered from pupils. The website expands on each of the reasons.
1. Maths can save you money
2. Like patterns? Like Maths
3. Maths builds problem-solving skills
4. Maths encourages curiosity and questions
5. Maths helps out in the kitchen
6. Maths is black and white
7. You can take lots of approaches to Maths
8. Maths is play for your brain
9. Enjoy puzzles? Maths’s for you
10. Maths and science go hand in hand
11. Finding the answer is satisfying
12. Building, sewing and other hands-on activities use Maths
13. Maths is a journey
14. Use Maths to create art
15. Maths is about wondering and asking questions
16. Maths is useful in everyday life
17. Maths is fun
Puzzles and games
A Collection of Puzzles
Colleen Young’s website concentrates on the 12 – 18 year olds but she has compiled a compendium of sites involving puzzles which all ages can try and tackle. Collection of puzzles websites. Naturally it is time consuming trying to assess each activity but why not assign the task to the pupils. Let them take ownership and give a presentation to rest of the class. Easy!
Puzzle Solution
Exploring the Desert
360 miles
Final words
Let us make 2022 a better year for all!


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