Maths Enrichment Programme

The Irish Mathematical Olympiad 2021 will be held on Saturday, 8 May 2021. If you wish to participate, please register on this form. The registration deadline is Tuesday, 4 May 2021.

 

 

Coronavirus Update

Unfortunately the Maths Enrichment Programme has been suspended until schools reopen.

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Senior Mathematics Enrichment Programme

Each year IT Sligo runs an extra-curricular Mathematics Enrichment Programme for senior cycle students commencing in January. Classes take place on Saturdays between January and May.  The programme is likely to be of interest to students who have a strong interest in mathematics, who enjoy mathematical challenges and who are keen to expand their knowledge of the subject beyond the post-primary curriculum.  Our goal is to introduce students to the excitement and buzz of mathematical discovery – of finding a new method or idea to solve a problem that had previously seemed impossible.  The course is open to any interested student (living north or south of the border) and is free of charge, but we will assume that students are familiar with Junior Cert level mathematics.

It will include some consideration of mathematical problem-solving, in the style of the Irish and International Mathematical Olympiads which is the world’s most prestigious mathematical contest.  Students will have the option of participating in the selection contests for the Irish teams for the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad and the International Mathematical Olympiad.

 

Registration

You can register your attendance for each Maths Enrichment class on Eventbrite advertised in due course each year. In addition, we request that attending participants arrange for a parent or guardian to send the following information by email to maths@nullitsligo.ie before attending:

– the student’s name and school
– any special circumstance of which we should be aware
– an indication of consent from the parent/guardian to the student’s participation
– emergency contact details

 

Venue and Dates

IT Sligo classes take place in either the Aurivo Auditorium or room B1201, both in the B Block of the main campus.  Signs will be up to signpost students to the room on the day.  We’ll also meet students at reception on the first Saturday in January.  (Campus Map).

Each session begins at 11.00am and finishes at 1.30pm.  There will be two 10-15 minute breaks during the session.

Below is a typical schedule for the IT Sligo Maths Enrichment Programme.

Date
Day Time Venue Topic
January 25th 2020 Saturday 11am – 1.30pm Aurivo Auditorium, IT Sligo Combinatorics
February 8th 2020 Saturday 11am – 1.30pm B1201, IT Sligo Number Theory
February 22nd 2020 Saturday 11am – 1.30pm B1201, IT Sligo Induction+
March 7th 2020 Saturday 11am – 1.30pm B1201, IT Sligo Inequalities
March 21st 2020 Saturday 11am – 1.30pm B1201, IT Sligo To Be Confirmed
March 28th 2020 Saturday 11am – 1.30pm B1201, IT Sligo To Be Confirmed
April 25th 2020 Saturday 11am – 1.30pm B1201, IT Sligo To Be Confirmed
May 2nd 2020 Saturday 11am – 1.30pm B1201, IT Sligo To Be Confirmed

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are these classes for?

The Enrichment classes are for secondary school students interested in mathematics; they are exposed to deeper, more challenging and more interesting mathematical problems than those encountered on the school syllabus.

Is this event free of charge?

Yes.

Who can attend?

We invite 4th, 5th and 6th year secondary school students to register their interest in order to attend our classes. Unfortunately, this programme is not open to junior cycle students. So that we can focus our efforts, only 4th, 5th and 6th year students are eligible to participate. Junior cycle students can make lots of progress on their own by availing of the resources freely available via the IrMO website, or by attending some of the Junior Cycle Programmes available via the other Mathematics Enrichment Centres around the country.

How do I sign up?

Through Eventbrite here and once your parent or guardian sends the following details to us at maths@nullitsligo.ie

– the student’s name and school
– any special circumstance of which we should be aware
– an indication of consent from the parent/guardian to the student’s participation
– emergency contact details

I’m living in Northern Ireland. Can I still participate?

Students living either side of the border are welcome to participate in the Maths Enrichment Programne at IT Sligo.  Note though, that only students who go to a school in the Republic of Ireland are eligible to represent Ireland at the Olympiad.  Of course students from Northern Ireland can go on to represent the UK at the Olympiad should they be chosen for their team.