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Over quarter of a million people will take part in Maths Week Ireland

Over a quarter of a million people will enjoy fun events and numerical challenges during Maths Week Ireland, the world’s largest festival of maths and numeracy, taking place from Saturday 14th – Sunday 22nd October and launched today by Education and Skills Minister Richard Bruton TD, with children from Rutland Street NS, Dublin 1.

The all-island event is run with partners including Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills, universities, institutes of technology, libraries, schools, training colleges and employers, north and south.

Throughout the week, world-renowned mathematicians will be on hand to entertain people of all ages with the wonder of maths through fun and interesting talks, games, teasers, challenges and magic maths shows. Schools and clubs across the country will run their own events aimed at encouraging young people to have confidence in their maths ability.

Check out for all event details, updates and activities or follow @MathsWeek on Twitter.

Events include onstreet family fun with Maths in the City in Dublin and Belfast; Maths of the Circus with James Soper; The Hamilton Walk from Dunsink Observatory; Munster Maths and Science Fair in Mallow; The RIA Annual Hamilton Lecture; Mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey in the Helix (DCU); Murderous Maths with Kjartan Poskitt (DIT); a MathsFest for Teachers in Cork and a lecture by renowned mathematician Professor Chris Budd at Queens University Belfast, among a host of other events all over the island.

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D said, “Maths Week is a fantastic initiative which allows people of all ages to see and understand the importance of maths and the wider STEM agenda through fun, interesting, challenging activities during the weeklong festival. I have set the ambition to make Ireland’s Education Service the best in Europe within a decade. Part of this ambition is equipping learners to think independently and logically and to solve problems. Maths is a subject that develops both abilities and these skills are key to engaging in our ever-changing world.  Over a quarter of a million people are expected to take part in Maths Week events throughout the country this year, making it the biggest Maths Week Ireland to date and I wish all those taking part every success”.

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications for Science Foundation Ireland said: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to support Maths Week as a key element of our focus on STEM-related skills development.  The promotion of mathematical and numerical skills is essential for everyone in our society and economy.  It’s particularly important for young people and students to have an appreciation of maths as a subject that can help them throughout their lives, and create many exciting opportunities for them.  Maths and numeracy underpin studies and careers across virtually every industry and sector; they are critical enablers of innovation and success”.

Eoin Gill, Maths Week Ireland Co-Ordinator said, “Now in its twelfth year, over one million people have engaged with Maths Week Ireland from young children to adults which is helping strongly to promote a more positive attitude towards maths.

“People can find maths a bit intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. Maths and numbers are all around us from adding up food items on a menu, getting quotes from home providers and right up the line to the skills that we need to run businesses, invent new technologies and drive our economy. That’s why Maths Week is so important in promoting numerical ability and the importance that maths has in everyday life”.

Maths Week Ireland is the biggest festival of its kind in the world. It has now also been adopted as an initiative by Scotland, in recognition of the important contribution that maths promotion events make in helping young people to have a positive attitude towards maths.

Co-ordinated by Calmast at Waterford Institute of Technology, Maths Week Ireland is run as a partnership of over 50 public and private sector institutions and groups including universities, institutes of technology, schools, professional bodies, libraries, visitor centres that are committed to promoting an interest in mathematics, as well as many of Ireland’s flagship employers. It is an all-island event.