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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Mathletes in Leinster challenge

FORTY FOUR students from five Wexford schools are due to take part in the Leinster finals of MATHletes Challenge at Eircom's headquarter building and Google's Foundry digital innovation centre on Saturday, April 18.

The Wexford schools taking part are: Ramsgrange Community School, Gorey Community School, St Mary's CBS, Enniscorthy, St Aidan's Primary School, Enniscorthy, and St Joseph's National School.

Google and eircom Business Solutions are supporting the innovative maths initiative, which has seen 12,000 students throughout Ireland clocking over 3 million minutes competing and learning maths on the free online learning platform, the Khan Academy.

The Leinster provincial final promises to be intense as students vie for a place in the National Final in DCU on May 2. Over €20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs.

Supported by the Department of Education, the MATHletes Challenge is a free online and in-person maths tournament for students in Ireland from 4th Class to 5th Year. The Challenge develops students' confidence and competence in maths by using Khan Academy approach to learning and teaching maths.

The Leinster finalists, with an equal ratio of girls to boys, will represent 107 different primary and secondary schools. The dedicated students qualified for the finals based on their performance on the MATHletes weekly leaderboards since the Challenge began on January 5.

Claire Connelly, Computer Science Education Programme Manager at Google said: 'Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills are crucial for the jobs of the future and the MAThletes Challenge is a great way to inspire children and teenagers.'

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