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.
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 am
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
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
Audience: 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..
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
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 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/