MathsFest to upskill teachers about project maths to take place in Cork

9 Oct 2012

To coincide with Maths Week, University College Cork will be the setting for MathsFest on 20 October, a one-day event specifically to upskill secondary school teachers about project maths.

This year’s Maths Week will run from 13 to 21 October, with events happening across the island of Ireland to promote maths.

As for MathsFest, it will take place on Saturday, 20 October, at University College Cork. According to Brendan O’Sullivan of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association (IMTA), the event will feature speakers from both Ireland and the UK to talk about the teaching of maths, specifically the new project maths curriculum.

Speakers will include Prof Anne Watson from Oxford University, who will talk about formal geometry, while Prof Malcolm Swan from Nottingham University will cover the design of maths lessons in the classroom.

O’Sullivan added that there will be more than 20 exhibitors showcasing maths teaching resources.

“Many of these are at the cutting edge of IT and will show the latest developments in educational aides. As technology has developed, so too has our curriculum and teachers will have to teach in different ways to match the changing world that we live in,” he said.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic