Maths Week 2023 set to ignite curiosity and inclusion

by Aishling Conway
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Maths Week 2023 is gearing up to captivate minds and spark imaginations from Saturday 14– Sunday,  October 22, writes Rose Barrett.

Maths Week is a comprehensive which occurs every October, with activities involving online platforms, schools, and various venues across the island. Last year, approximately 500,000 participated, including 464,468 students, 2,741 educators, 2,159 schools, and an array of organisations, including universities, institutes of technology, libraries, training colleges, and employers.

‘Maths in The City’ will visit Dublin and Belfast city centres, inviting the public to take part in numerical activities. Talks and events will take place in venues across the island, including those organised by partnering Higher Education Institutes, while pupils and students in thousands of primary and post-primary schools across the island will enjoy maths quizzes and challenges throughout the week.

A wide range of engagement events will take place including ‘Puzzles in the Park’ – in green spaces and public places. From the iconic Botanic Gardens and Merrion Square to vibrant spots like Mountjoy Square and Dun Laoghaire People’s Park, these activities will help bring maths to life for people and families out and about during the week.

‘Maths Week TV’ – an online video platform offering a gateway to the world of numbers for those unable to attend in-person events – is back by popular demand. With captivating content and interactive sessions for schools and the general public, this ensures that everyone can partake in the mathematical extravaganza.

Maths Week is committed to fostering inclusivity, highlighting the benefits that maths and numbers create for all of us in our daily lives. This year’s event is more determined than ever to break down barriers by also bringing the magic of maths to disadvantaged and underserved groups, including working with various community groups and partnering with organisations such as FoodCloud.

Launching Maths Week 2023, Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, said: “From classrooms to parks, screens to city streets, Maths Week 2023 will help make maths accessible and engaging for everyone. I welcome the ongoing collaboration between schools, teachers, universities, and institutes of technology during this significant week. I extend my best wishes for the success of this year’s event and look forward to its continued growth and success.”

The full programme and details of how to get involved are available on the Maths Week website Follow @MathsWeek on Facebook, @mathsireland on instagram, @mathsweek on TikTok and @mathsweek and #mathsweek2023 on Twitter.

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