Daily Maths Week Newsletter 2020
Thursday October 15

Next Up on MathsWeekTV
– watch live –

Primary School Event with Dr Ken Farquhar @ 10:10 am
Secondary School Event with Dr Laura Bonnett @ 11:11

Free For Teachers:
6:00 pm this evening:
How to bring your Maths Lessons to Life for Primary Teachers
with BBC’s Bobby Seagull
see below for more on these

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Welcome to the fourth daily maths week newsletter. Each day this week we will share with you some of the highlights happening across the island of Ireland for this year’s Maths Week festival

Aoibhinn ní Shúilleabháin awarded Maths Week Ireland Award for Raising Public Awareness of Maths. Read more below


Maths Week Video:
Colm O’Regan {Chats about Maths}


Comedian, author, broadcaster and lapsed engineer, Colm O’Regan tells us why when it comes to Maths, it’s all about asking questions.

This is my favourite time of the year – and not just because around this time every year my love of mathematics is re-kindled.
We see maths everywhere, especially at this time, in the changing colours of Autumn – we’re reminded by the patterns and the annual cycles that we go through that everything is mathematical and mathematics is truly all around us.

This Maths Week has been a very different experience and brings to mind the words of tennis champion Arthur Ashe which I came across in art school many Octobers ago which works for art as it does for maths as it does for life –
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

I hope you enjoy Maths Week as much as I do.

Ben Dolan, Digital Engagement Manager at Maths Week Ireland

Adding another string to his bow, Colm Mulcahy brings us cool card tricks as gaeilge. Available on demand.

Tá físeán againn a dtaispeanan triceanna matamaitice le cártaí do scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge. Cuirfear iontas ortsa agus ar na dáltai. Féach sonraí anseo.

What’s on 

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is hosting a series of webinars on numeracy and maths for tutors.

Today @ 11:00 am
Numeracy in context: Exploring real life contexts for numeracy development webinar

Tomorrow @ 11:00 am
Making sense of area and perimeter (levels 2 and 3) webinar

All information and booking details available here: Maths Week at NALA

4th – 6th class / Year 6 – 8

Blackrock Castle & Observatory had a fantastic response for the maths and space activity that they ran on Monday – so much so that they have organised to do it all over again on Friday. There are three time slots available for this online event. Click here for more information and booking details. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis so HURRY!  https://www.mathsweek.ie/2020/event/space-maths-how-big-how-far-how-old/

MathsWeekTV Schedule for TODAY and TOMORROW:
You can watch all broadcasts live (no need to get tickets) or catch up later using the Playback function. Full details available here: MathsWeekTV



It Doesn’t Add Up” with maths entertainer Ken Farkuhar
Time: 10:10 am
Audience: 7 – 12 years
As students witness mental mind reading, impossible volumes, miscounting mayhem and virtual juggling patterns they will be thinking to themselves “It Doesn’t Add Up
More details click here


Dr Laura Bonnett presents the Royal Statistical Society’s (RSS) William Guy lecture
Time 11:11
Audience: ages 15-17

‘Driving is a risky business!’. More details click here

Teacher Event (Primary)

How to bring your maths lessons to life with Bobby Seagull
6:00 pm
Bobby Seagull , author, BBC presenter and Maths teacher will show primary teachers “How to bring your maths lessons to life”. Book here



Momentous Maths with Kjartan Poskitt

Time: 10:10 am
9 – 12 yrs
Author of the Murderous Maths series and long-time Maths Week presenter and, Kjartan always delivers a hilarious, puzzling and enlightening show for primary school children
More details click here


How to fold things into thirds..

Time: 11.11

Audience: 12 – 15-year olds
Mathematician in Residence at the Mathematical Association of America James Tanton will give a fun-filled presentations on How to fold things into thirds..  More details click here

Adult Event 2:00 pm
Virtual Hamilton Walk
Audience: TY (ROI); Year 12 (NI) and Adults interested in Maths
The walk commemorates Hamilton’s famous creation of a strange new number system, called quaternions, on the banks of the Royal Canal in Dublin on October 16, 1843 –More details available here

Also for Teachers 
The ALM – Adults Learning Maths seminar tonight 6 pm is a discussion by leading experts and practitioners on “Adults Learning Maths in Lockdown”https://alm-online.net/alm-2020-virtual-seminar-series/

TeachMeet also tonight at 6 pm

Daily Maths Week Challenge
Check out the daily maths week photo challenge on social media. Use your maths eyes to discover the maths in our environment – take a photo and share it using #MathsWeek2020

Today’s challenge
Photograph Patterns

Today’s Maths Week Brain Teaser
Each day we will bring you a mathematical brain teaser designed to challenge the solver. Post it on your school’s social media or on your maths week board in school and get your students thinking laterally and logically as they strategize to solve the puzzle.

What makes this number unique — 8,549,176,320?

You can find the solution to this puzzle below

For more puzzles check out the Maths Week daily problems in TheJournal.ie

Solution for today’s puzzle:

It contains each number, zero through nine, in alphabetical order.

Highlights from previous days
It was an action packed day yesterday, with tens of thousands of students across the island participating in workshops, maths shows and connected maths lessons online, and that’s not including all the fantastic work teachers are doing in schools up and down the island to celebrate maths week and spread a positive attitude towards maths.

Twitter is still buzzing with lots of maths content – we are loving the tweets from schools that show us what they are getting up to for maths week. Keep them coming in #MathsWeek2020

We apologise for any delay in getting the maths week shows online after the event, but you can catch up all the the week’s maths entertainment now by going to https://www.mathsweek.ie/2020/mathsweektv-playback/

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