Massive congratulations to Cynthia Mbanefo, Ellen Kenny and Jane O’Flaherty who won awards in an all-Ireland “Maths Eyes” posters competition.
Maths Eyes is a unique competition that gets people of all ages to look around and see the mathematics in their surroundings. They in turn capture this in a photograph adding a caption to show the maths to others. This competition was open to school categories and adult and community learners during Maths Week Ireland and attracted over 700 entries.
Cynthia Mbanefo and Ellen Kenny got to display their work at the award ceremony at Institute of Technology Tallaght where they received their trophies.In addition, Cynthia and Jane also got the opportunity to visit Leinster House and meet the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton.
Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton praised the winning posters and emphasised the importance of maths. “The Maths Eyes project really encourages people to see mathematics as part of our daily lives and encourages a very positive attitude towards maths that can only enhance learning.” The Minister added: “Initiatives like Maths Eyes and Maths Week Ireland play an important role in encouraging and supporting learning of mathematics, which is important for each individual in their personal lives and also critical in building the skills we need for the 21 st Century.”
Maths Eyes was developed by Dr Terry Maguire, Director National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in association with Ciaran O’Sullivan of IT Tallaght.
Ellen and Cynthia used a software programme called GeoGebra to create their posters. Ellen’s poster showed the quadratic nature of a horse jump.
Cynthia’s poster demonstrates how to find the centre of a circle by bisecting cords. Cynthia learnt how to use GeoGebra in the computer room at lunchtimes during the year. Her work ethic and skill was acknowledged when she received the ALL Ireland First Prize in the GeoGebra category. The school is very proud of all the students who entered this competition during Maths Week in October and especially Cynthia, Jane and Ellen, Well done ladies.