Mathsweek Ireland 2019
Over 350,000 people across the island of Ireland got involved in Maths Week 2019, including 150 students from local schools who attended the Julia Robinson Maths festival (JRMF) hosted at Queen's. Dr Mark Saul, CEO of JRMF and Dr Eoin Gill, co-founder of Mathsweek Ireland, joined staff and students from the school of Maths and Physics to facilitate the festival QUB on Friday 18th October. A Festival is an event at which students play with mathematics. Typically, there are a dozen or more tables, each with a facilitator and a problem set, game, puzzle, or activity. Students play and explore individually or in groups, share insights, and make discoveries. The event at QUB was a huge success, largely thanks to the enthusiastic and inspirational group of undergraduate students who helped to facilitate the activities.
Maths Week is the biggest celebration of mathematics of its kind and aims to promote the benefits of maths to pupils and the wider community. The all-island event, supported locally by the Department for the Economy, promotes a positive image of mathematics and its applications in everyday life.