In an effort to promote numeracy and mathematical literacy among primary school students, the “Looking at Tallaght Through Maths Eyes Initiative” was launched in Tallaght, Ireland. As part of the initiative, 14 primary schools in Tallaght were asked to develop their “maths eyes” and showcase their projects at the Institute of Technology Tallaght.
Over 600 children from senior infants to sixth class and 100 adults attended the showcase, which aimed to promote active learning and fun with maths. The National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics (NCE-MSTL) facilitated “Fun with Maths” workshops for all children attending the event. Additionally, the showcase was supported by John Murray, a well-known Irish broadcaster from RTE 1.
The showcase provided an opportunity for students and teachers to display their maths projects and demonstrate their creativity and innovation in using maths to solve real-world problems. The maths projects covered various topics, including geometry, measurement, statistics, and problem-solving. The event also highlighted the importance of developing numeracy and mathematical literacy skills at an early age.
The “Looking at Tallaght Through Maths Eyes Initiative” and the showcase event received positive feedback from the participating schools, students, and adults. The initiative helped promote an interest in maths among the students and encouraged them to view maths in a positive and creative light. The success of the event further highlights the importance of promoting maths education and fostering a love for maths among young learners.