Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU and a native of Dundalk, gave an inspirational and uplifting talk to students, teachers and parents from St. Joseph’s NS when he opened their Halloween SNAP Maths Fair last week.
Professor MacCraith spoke of the value of maths in everyday tasks and how it is fast becoming necessary to have a good basis in maths to secure employment. He told the students that by the time they will finish their education, 14 out of 15 jobs will need mathematics.
A SNAP Math Fair (Student-centred, Non-competitive, All-inclusive, Problem-based) is a bit like a Young Scientist exhibition but each stall presents the visitor with a mathematical ‘problem’ in a fun way, St. Joeseph’s are the first ever group to host a SNAP Math Fair in Ireland.
Another visitor to the Fair was co-ordinator of Maths Week Ireland, Eoin Gill, from Waterford IT. He told the students that maths is not only useful but can be great fun too. The students of Ms. Kennedy’s sixth class had been preparing the SNAP Math Fair since their return to school and presented a visually stunning array of fun problems and puzzles to all other classes during a busy Maths Week in the school. All of the puzzles had a Halloween theme and were adapted to suit the variety of age groups.