### 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
 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 Ulster.ac.uk
 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 mathsweek@wit.ie
 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: January Peter's Problem Register by emailing your name and school to petersproblem2022@gmail.com. January 12-14th  BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition, online January 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 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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# The Atlas of Irish Mathematics: Belfast

Check out the latest blog on www.mathsireland.ie 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 mathsweek@wit.ie with the subject MATHS MAP.