Maths Magic and Murderous Maths lined up for Maths Week at DIT

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04 October 2013: Once again, DIT is getting involved in Maths Week with events for both primary school and secondary school students.

Maths Week Ireland 2013 takes place from 12-20 October and aims to promote awareness of maths through a huge variety of events and activities.

Maths Magic with Dr Fernando Blasco is the first event at DIT Kevin Street (Monday 14 October from 1 to 2pm).  There will also be a number of stands on display at the college (from 12 to 3pm) with fun interactive demonstrations and competitions.

Dr Fernando Blasco will talk to students from the Junior Certificate cycle at secondary schools. He is a mathematician at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and is one of Spain’s best known maths promoters.

He uses magic to introduce his audience to topics such as prime numbers, knot theory, sudoko, number systems, mind games, Rubik’s cube or quick calculations.

A second Maths Week event takes place on Wednesday 16 October (also at DIT Kevin Street) – this time, it is aimed at senior primary school students.

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Murderous Maths with Kjartan Poskitt takes place from 12 to 1pm. Kjartan is the author of Scholastic’s Murderous Maths series which has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. His latest book, Everyday Maths for Grown Up, is written to help adults who have never quite grasped how sums work.

Over the last 10 years, he has entertained schools, teacher conferences and theatre audiences with items from his books including strange numbers, bizarre facts, tricks, predictions, flexagons and magic squares and he has presented numerous science and maths programmes for BBC TV.

There will also be stands on display at DIT Kevin Street from 11am to 2pm on 16 October.

Anyone interested in the above events should contact Maev Maguire at the School of Mathematical Sciences (01-4024610 or maev.maguire@dit.ie).

For the full line up of Maths Week events around the country, visit www.mathsweek.ie/.

And remember that DIT students who need help with maths can avail of the free services provided by the Maths Learning Support Centre throughout the academic year – www.maths.dit/mlsc/.

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