Maths Week Newsletter June 22/06/22

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Welcome to the June Newsletter
A-level, GCSE, Leaving and Junior Certificate exams are just finishing up. The Summer solstice was yesterday, but we still have the main two months of summer ahead of us in July and August. A lot of you will be travelling around the Island during the Summer and there are a lot of STEM places and events to visit.  In our June newsletter we take you through some recent events and activities and tell you about what's on and what's coming.
We are working on the Maths Week posters and planning to get them into schools in the first week in September. We also take a look at the International Mathematics Congress in June and how you can get involved in Maths Week 2022.
We also have our regular column from Douglas Buchanan with some thought-provoking ideas and excellent resources for teachers. If any teachers or mathematicians would like to share resources through Maths Week website, or have any news for inclusion (we are particularly keen on getting more news from Northern Ireland) please get in touch at
So as we look forward to the summer months we hope you enjoy the news, resources and coming events we have to share with you.

Ryan McGivney,
Maths Week Ireland 

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Resources for Ukrainian Pupils

We have translated some of our resources into Ukrainian to support young Ukrainian refugees. These are in Ukrainian and English, so they can help with maths and language skills. 
You can print them out and laminate them and then they can be wiped clean and reused. 

You can find them here

Hello and welcome to the Maths Week Ireland website.
مرحبا و أهلاً إلى موقع إسبوع الرياضيات في أيرلندا
We also have these resources in Arabic 
Maths Week 2022
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 in-person activity. If you have any ideas please get in touch. 

Keep an eye on our website and social media for all the latest updates.
Taoiseach Visits Maths Week at Cork Carnival of Science


Calmast STEM Engagement Centre and Maths Week Ireland were delighted to take part in the Cork Carnival of Science in June. The Carnival of Science was a free two day event taking place in Fitzgerald Park in Cork City. The event saw 25,000 people across the weekend engage in STEM with many different organisations from around Ireland. The Calmast /Maths Week team presented fun and engaging maths puzzles and games for all ages. 
The event took place on the 11th and 12th of June. Taoiseach, Micheal Martin stopped by the Calmast marquee on Saturday to have a go at the towers of Hanoi with some budding mathematicians. The Taoiseach he expressed his support for Maths Week Ireland and Calmast directors Eoin Gill and Sheila Donegan explained the importance of public funding for Maths Week, which is largely funded by governments in North and South. Maths Week will takes place this year from the 15th-23rd of October.
Maths News
'I'm a Mathematician, Get me out of here' Sign Up


This exciting event will be taking place during Maths Week 2022 to help school students discover how maths is relevant to them and their everyday lives. The organisers are looking for experts to take part in I’m a Mathematician, Get me out of here!
Do you use maths in your job? You are needed to inspire school students across Ireland throughout October 2022, including Maths Week! Take part in fun, fast-paced, text-based live Chats with school students from a diverse range of schools, and answer their follow-up questions in the Circle Zone. 
I’m a Mathematician is 100% online, text-based, and accessible from any web browser with an internet connection. Chats can fit around your schedule, so take part as much or as little as you like.

Let us know if you’d like to take part, and we’ll email you when booking opens for October 2022:

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 at or fill in our form at
The Atlas of Irish Mathematics 30: Fermanagh

Maths Ireland Blogs - Fermanagh
Our 30th bi-monthly regional Irish-focused blog highlights mathematical people associated with Fermanagh.
29 means that our intrepid maths chronicler, Colm Mulcahy has nearly visited all counties on the island. Although, his work wont be finishing any time soon as he will be revisiting some of the larger centres - Dublin, Belfast, Cork etc. to bring those listings up to the present day. 
To view the latest blog and all previous blogs, visit the Mathematics Ireland website.
The Maths Map of Ireland
The Maths Map of Ireland is an exciting new project from Maths Week Ireland and the ESB. The project has created 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. 
Irish edtech start-up to break through to UK market with maths tutoring
  • Breakthrough Maths was founded in Cork in 2020. It is now going international and aiming to grow its revenue to €5m by 2025. Irish online maths school Breakthrough Maths is to expand into the UK by the end of this year. The edtech company was founded in the middle of the pandemic and now teaches around 300 students per week.
  • “The digital education market is rapidly increasing and is expected to grow by more than €2bn in Europe alone by 2025,” said founder TJ Hegarty. “We’re seeing huge demand in Ireland, our student numbers have tripled in the past year alone and show no signs of slowing.”
  • Breakthrough Maths was originally set up in September 2020 in a Cork community hall. At the time, it had two teachers and 24 students, before moving online and expanding. It caters to students from fifth class in primary school right through to Leaving Certificate level in secondary school. It offers online maths grinds, taught in small groups to keep students engaged.
  • “We have small groups of students who are matched by ability. Our online classes are also more sustainable, removing the need to travel to grinds. The average student saved 45 hours in travelling time last year alone.”
To read the full article on Silicon Republic Click Here
What's On

Discover STEM during the Summer

If you are looking for something to do during the Summer, either indoors or outdoors, check out SFI's Discover Centres, which offer great visitor experiences and even a little learning!
They are all over the Island and there should be one near you, or near where you might be visiting. They inlcude interactive STEM experiences at centres like Armagh Planetarium, W5, Blackrock Castle,  Lifetime Lab and Birr Castle. Youi can get the A-Z on biodiversity at aquariums and zoos and there  lots of outdoor centres, where you can explore biodiversity.
Find a discovery centre here 

In south Dublin there is the Imaginosity children's museum and Explorium interactive sport and STEM centre

Maths Week Ireland and Calmast at Spróg Waterford 2022

Spróg (etymology: Spraoi óg) is a Summer arts festival for children and takes place from the 4-9 July in Waterford.

Calmast teams up with this festival every year to bring the best of STREAM to children and families. The programme will be announced tomorrow

Maths Week Ireland and Calmast at Spraoi Waterford 2022
At the end of July each year, Spraoi Festival takes place in Waterford City. Spraoi is Ireland’s premiere street arts and performance festival. The Calmast team present the STEM programme which will include lots of street maths and will be joined by the wonderful Physics Buskers, and other performers such as Bubbly Maths. Check it out 29-31 July.
Summer CPD Courses 
The Summer in-service scheme for teachers in the Republic of Ireland have many courses related to maths. You can see the programme here

Eusea Conference Cork 6-7 July
The European Science Events Association will hold their annual conference at MTU in Cork. Held over due to Covid, some of Europe's leading STEM event coordinators and presenters will finally travel to Cork to share their expertise and experience.  

The M is STEM is often missing from public engagement so the Maths Week Team will show how to put that right in an interactive workshop at the conference. This session will show how maths activities can be introduced to a STEM Festival. Maths Week Ireland is an annual celebration of maths typically engaging over 400,000 in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. It has developed through an innovative partnership linking academia with education at all levels, government bodies, industry & business. Linking maths to the rest of STEM, to other disciplines and to art is important.

This session describes innovative aspects in the organisation, development and delivery of the festival, focusing on one activity maths in the city. Problem solving is a key component of education systems across the world, and a key skill listed by employers. As we look to our future, these skills will become even more important. Maths in the City in Belfast and Dublin engages the public, in public spaces, using puzzles to develop problem solving abilities. Puzzles can be extended through co created activity based on ability.

In the workshop participants will engage in problem solving as the public do in in these playful fun activities

see here for conference details
That’s Maths: The get-togethers that are essential to solve unsolved problems
  • In just three weeks the largest global mathematical get-together will be under way. The opening ceremony of the 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) opens on Wednesday, July 6th. The idea of an international congress was first developed by Felix Klein and Georg Cantor, two giants of 19th-century mathematics. The first such meeting was in 1897 and, at the second in 1900, leading German mathematician David Hilbert announced a famous list of 23 key unsolved problems. These had a major influence on mathematical research through the 20th century and several remain unsolved today.
  • The 2022 ICM was scheduled to be held in St Petersburg but, on February 26th, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the IMU announced the congress would be a fully virtual event, hosted outside Russia. The union acknowledged the dedication of Russian colleagues in preparing for the meeting but concluded an in-person event in Russia was impossible.
  • Consistently regarded as the top award in mathematics, the Fields Medals are awarded to two, three, or four mathematicians, who must be under 40 years of age, at the international Congress. It is often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.
To see the full article and read more about the history of the fields medal see Irish Times
Belfast: Our Place in Space 11 June to 10 July
Our Place in Space
Our Place in Space - | NI Science Festival
The folks at Our Place in Space have managed to shrink the solar system to fit into a 10km trail along Divis and the Black Mountain — a popular walking spot with panoramic views of Belfast and beyond, cared for by the National Trust. You can jog to Jupiter, visit Venus and sit by the Sun without ever leaving Earth.
The sculpture trail will animate this spectacular landscape of blanket bog and boardwalks from 11 June to 10 July 2022.
Expect out-of-this-world views over the city and on a clear day you may even see some parts of Scotland and England!


Cork: Gaia from the 15th to the 26th of June.

Belvelly Castle in partnership with St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, brings this to the Cork Midsummer festival 

See the Earth in a whole new way in this spectacular and eerily beautiful installation by Luke Jerram, creator of Museum Of The Moon (Cork Midsummer Festival 2017). Named for Gaia, the personification of the Earth in Greek mythology, and measuring seven metres in diameter, this floating sculpture features spectacularly high resolution imagery of the Earth’s surface provided by NASA, providing the opportunity to see our planet closer to its true scale, floating in three-dimensions, alongside a specially made composition by BAFTA award- winning composer Dan Jones. Mesmerising, thought- provoking and not to be missed.

Created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot Festival and The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.

More details: 

Belfast: Dreamachine | UNBOXED 2022
July 25- Sep 4th

The 21st Century Dreamachine is a seated multisensory experience with an immersive lightscape and 360 degree spatial sound. It has been created by a team of leading minds in architecture, technology, music, neuroscience, and philosophy, including Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble and Grammy-nominated composer Jon Hopkins.
Collective Act and UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK presents Dreamachine in partnership with NI Science Festival and Visit Belfast.
Like a modern kind of campfire, you’ll share your Dreamachine journey with a group of up to 22 people at a time.
More info: Here



Dates for your diary in 2022:

June 11-July 10
Our Place in Space. Belfast

June 15-26
Gaia at Cork Midsummer Festival

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

July 4-9
Spróg Waterford

July 6-7
Eusea Conference European Science Events Association Cork

July 6-14

International Congress of Mathematicians Online

July 22 - 25
Festival of Curiosity Dublin

July 25 - Sep 4
Dream Machine Unboxed Belfast

July 29-31
Spraoi Waterford

October 15-23 
Maths Week Ireland

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DCBEAGLE Challenges

BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK – Maths Week Ireland

Douglas Buchanan ~ ~ ~ @dcbeagle1

As the academic year is slowly drawing to a close in the northern hemisphere this newsletter points you in direction of many resources and activities to enhance your final lessons and maths projects.

STEM activities
This PDF booklet has 50+ activities. This collection is for teachers, teaching assistants, STEM Club leaders and families. It consists of easy to run, short and practical STEM activities which are ideal for any setting; classroom, outside and home. Activities can be adapted to suit the setting or time available and require few resources and materials. Each has a suggested list of substitute materials, making them easy to clean up. Activities do not require extensive STEM subject knowledge, enabling anyone to use them irrespective of experience level. Click here.
Puzzles of the month (Henry Dudeney 1857 - 1930)

On an occasion of great festivities, a considerable number of townspeople banded together for a day's outing and pleasure. They pressed into service nearly every wagon in the place, and each wagon was to carry the same number of persons. Half-way ten of these wagons broke down, so it was necessary for every remaining wagon to carry one more person. Unfortunately, when they started for home, it was found that fifteen more wagons were in such bad condition that they could not be used; so there were three more persons in every wagon than when they started out in the morning.
How many persons were there in the party?
Maths Tricks
Many pupils enjoy discovering maths tricks and some like to look at them in depth to see why they “work”. A great way to challenge your gifted young mathematicians. This video shows 20 tricks and designed to pause when investigating a process. Click here for the video.
Let us draw

What are Zentangles?
Zentangle is an American method for drawing, which not only promotes concentration and creativity but at the same time increases personal well-being. Zentangle was invented by a monk named Rick Roberts and an artist named Maria Thomas. With Zentangle they created a combination of meditation and art.
A Zentangle is a miniature abstract work of art created by a collection of patterns. It is typically done on a 3 ½” x 3 ½” paper “tile” using a pencil and a black pen. The small size allows for a work of art that can be completed in a relatively short period of time.
This YouTube video is comprehensive with ideas and instruction. This is complemented with another website.
Puzzle of the month solution

There must have been 900 persons in all. One hundred wagons started off with 9 persons in each wagon. After 10 wagons had broken down, there would be 10 persons in every wagon-"one more." As 15 more wagons had to be withdrawn on the home journey, each of the remaining 75 wagons would carry 12 persons - "three more than when they started out in the morning."
Final words
Project for your pupils: using their phones take images related to maths such as shape, numbers, counting, games, etc

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