‘Do the Math,’ says Council

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Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Science and Innovation Programme is taking part in Maths Week Ireland, an all-Ireland celebration of Maths, with a range of activities and events across the Council area aimed at promoting Maths.

The week-long schedule of events will run from October 10-18 and will involve local schools and colleges to celebrate ALL THINGS MATHEMATICAL.

Among the events scheduled to take place during Maths Week are a series of Maths workshops and events at the Richmond Centre, facilitated by the Nerve Centre, CultureTech STEM Aware, and CEX, on Saturday, October 10 from 10am to 5pm.

The public will be encouraged to take part in a series of maths themed challenges including a Maths Trail to be in with a chance of winning vouchers for the CEX shop in Ferryquay Street.

North West Regional College will host a series of lectures and workshops on Monday and Tuesday, October 12 and 13, for primary and post primary school children including an interactive presentation by Professor Colm Mulcahy from Spelman College in Atlanta and a Magic of Magic show talk by leading maths author Andrew Jeffrery. Pupils will also be encouraged to attend hands-on workshops by the Museum of Mathematics Catalonia team and a STEM Aware led Lego Workshop.

On Wednesday and Thursday, October 14 and 15, a series of programmed maths activity will take place at local cultural hubs aimed at getting parents and children engaged in fun maths-led games.

Science and Innovation programme characters from Minecraft and Lego will be out and about the city and district during Maths Week promoting the events and engaging with the public while Science and Innovation Ambassadors will be on hand to offer and advice on up and coming events.

Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy with Derry City and Strabane District Council says Maths Week is a key element of the Council’s Science and Innovation programme of events and a great way to get people interested in STEM subjects.

“We are delighted to be involved in Maths Week and to be joined up in partnership with over 50 groups across the island of Ireland and work with local schools, colleges and the wider public to promote Maths. The week of activities will give curious minds and creative thinkers across the Council area the unique opportunity to engage in fun mathematical activities that will help develop their knowledge and skills.,” she added.

For more information on Maths Week 2015 - http://www.mathsweek.ie/2015 and for further information on the Science and Innovation programme visit www.scinnovate.co