Maths Week is coming soon!

Since 2006, Maths Week has been taking place every year and has grown to attract participation from as many as 300,000 people annually across Ireland. We often don’t realise that maths is everywhere and part of all facets of everyday life. Local development company, Midlands Science is delighted to be delivering a number of events during Maths Week across the Midlands this October 12th – 20th as part of its ongoing work to help promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to people of all ages.

Midlands Science has an abundance of experience in managing initiatives which focus on creating a more positive outlook towards maths and in arranging career talks and other events which explore with students the importance of maths as a subject choice. As part of this year’s celebrations Midlands Science is running a competition to help encourage more people to see the fun side of maths and to be in with a chance of winning a great prize.

Aisling Twohill, Midlands Science Board member and lecturer in Mathematics Education, in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies at DCU said,

‘Mathematics is a universal language and the annual, week-long Maths Week, brings together some of the most fascinating and insightful mathematicians of our time to inspire and encourage everybody to see maths in new and surprising ways. Midlands Science is really pleased to get involved with Maths Week 2019 and this year we will be providing a range of hands-on activities and expert maths speakers in some schools which will showcase just how prevalent maths is and how important it is in understanding our world. Sometimes, especially to younger children maths might seem quite repetitive at school but through encouraging more engagement in puzzles and games, it is possible to make the subject more thought-provoking, relevant and fun. We invite people of all ages to take a look at the maths brain teasers which we have featured in this article. Our goal is to help make maths more accessible and more exciting to those outside of the field itself. We wish everyone the very best of luck!’

Daire Meehan at Cpl Technology commented,

‘The team at Cpl is delighted to collaborate with Midlands Science for Maths Week 2019 in showcasing just how wide and varied maths can be as a possible career path and inspiring our young people across the Midlands into the world of work. Cpl is proud to educate the future generation on the importance of STEM subjects and show how studying these subjects can result in many different rewarding careers. By sharing our stories and insights, we can hopefully play an essential role in helping to bring a new perspective to STEM lessons and prepare pupils in the Midlands for many worthwhile future careers.’

Check out our first two maths puzzles below and send your answer to jgorman@midlandsscience.ie

  • If 6 cats kill 6 rats in 6 minutes, how many will be needed to kill 100 rats in 50 minutes?
  • If you have a basin that holds exactly 5l, a basin that holds exactly 3l and an unlimited supply of water, how can you produce exactly 4l of water?