1 Nov 2017: DIT hosts schools for Maths Week 2017

The week 14–20 October marked national Maths Week. During the week events took place across Ireland to celebrate mathematics and encourage participation in fun, entertaining and thought-provoking events which underlined the fascination of maths and the importance of mathematics to everyone and everyday life.

As always, the School of Mathematical Sciences, DIT, was very involved, offering events for School children on the Kevin Street campus in Dublin. Unfortunately, storm Ophelia caused our event scheduled for secondary-school pupils on Monday 16 October to be cancelled. However, on Wednesday 18 October over 300 primary-school children from 5th and 6th classes visited the Gleeson Hall in Kevin Street.

Kjartan Poskitt, author of the highly-popular Murderous Maths series of childrens books (and many others), entertained pupils from Gaelscoil Lios an nÓg, Raghnallach; Thornleigh Educate Together N.S., Swords; St Declan’s N.S., Ashbourne; Virgin Mary G.N.S, Ballymun; Scoil Mhuire S.N.S., Blakestown; and St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Belmayne. Activities also included puzzles, competitions and games supported by lecturers and students of the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Fun was had by all and we look forward to seeing some of these schools, and others, again next year and even seeing some of the budding mathematicians as students at DIT in a few years.

Primary-school pupils enjoying MathsWeek activities and entertainment from Kjartan Poskitt in the School of Mathematical Sciences.