Queen’s University Belfast, School of Mathematics and Physics, hosted the US founded Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival as part of Maths Week Ireland 2018.
Maths mentors (QUB students) joined Eoin Gill (co-founder of Maths Week Ireland) Queen’s lecturer Dr Andrew Brown and Julia Robinson Festival director Dr Mark Saul at a hands-on maths session involving puzzles, games and talks aimed at inspiring students from secondary level schools across Northern Ireland to explore maths in groups, share insights and make discoveries.
Pictured are students Andy Dong and Lillian Martin from Belfast Met with (l-r) Dr Mark Saul, Dr Andrew Brown and Eoin Gill.
An estimated 400,000 people across the island of Ireland got involved in this year’s Maths Week which took place 13 -21 October. Primary and secondary schools throughout Northern Ireland took part as well as Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast, Stranmillis University College, North West Regional College, W5 and Armagh Planetarium. A team of mathemagicians, puzzlers and entertainers also presented at Belfast nursing homes and at Victoria Square Belfast for the annual ‘Maths in the City’ event.
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 Northern Ireland science industry panel MATRIX through the Department for the Economy, promotes a positive image of mathematics and its applications in everyday life.