Maths Enrichment Programme

IT Sligo is offering an extra-curricular Mathematics Enrichment Programme for senior cycle students commencing on February 3, 2022. Classes will take place mainly on Thursday evenings between February 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

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 room E1006, in the Engineering (E) 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 February 3 at 7pm. (Building E on this map).

Each session begins at 7:00 pm and finishes at 10:00 pm.  There will be breaks during the session.

Below is a tentative schedule for the IT Sligo Maths Enrichment Programme

Date

Day

Time

Venue

Remarks

February 3 2022

 

Thursday

 

7pm-10pm

E1006 Engineering Building

 

 

February 12

 

Saturday

 

TBA

E1006 Engineering Building

EMGO selection exam (boys also welcome to get some practise)

February 17 2022

 

Thursday

 

7pm-10pm

E1006 Engineering Building

 

 

March 3 2022

 

Thursday

 

7pm-10pm

E1006 Engineering Building

 

 

March 10 2022

 

Thursday

 

7pm-10pm

E1006 Engineering Building

 

 

March 24 2022

 

Thursday

 

7pm-10pm

E1006 Engineering Building

 

 

March 31 2022

 

Thursday

 

7pm-10pm

E1006 Engineering Building

 

 

April 7 2022

 

Thursday

 

7pm-10pm

E1006 Engineering Building

 

 

May 2022

Date & time TBA

 

TBA

 

TBA

 

TBA

Irish Mathematical Olympiad Final Round selection exam

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

We invite 4th, 5th and 6th year secondary school students to register their interest in order to attend our classes (and for Year 12 and above for Northern Ireland students). Unfortunately, this programme is not open to junior cycle students. 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?

Your parent or guardian should send 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.

 

Academic staff from IT Sligo will help interested secondary school students to deepen their understanding of mathematics, improve their problem-solving skills and prepare them for participation in Mathematical Olympiads.

Mathematics Enrichment Classes 2022

We are happy to welcome students to IT Sligo for maths enrichment classes starting on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022!

The first meeting will take place from 7 to 10 pm in room E1006 on the IT Sligo Campus. 

This classroom is in the Engineering building (go in the main entrance by the big fish – revolving glass door- turn left, go up one flight of stairs, continue straigh ahead for about 20 metres and the classroom will be on your right-hand side). 

Please note and abide by the following requirements.

Do not attend if you are feeling unwell or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.

Face masks are required to be worn in all college buildings.

Social distancing rules will be enforced during the enrichment classes.

Participants will be encouraged to take breaks outside the building to avoid congregation in halls.

The full schedule will be published here soon.

Mathematics Enrichment Courses are also run at universities in Limerick, Cork, Dublin, Galway and Maynooth. Details can be found through the links on the website of the Irish Mathematical Olympiad.

IT Sligo Building

The Mathematics Enrichment course is designed to develop a sound understanding of mathematics and improve problem-solving skills. There is little overlap with the mathematics taught in school. 

While there will be some mathematical theory included, the emphasis will be on solving problems rather than accumulating theory. 

Participants will be trained to create original deductive arguments to establish mathematical facts. 

The problems studied require inventive thinking rather than applying known techniques. 

These classes are for talented students of mathematics in Transition Year, 5th year of 6th year of secondary school (and for year 12 and above for Northern Ireland students). 

You cannot become a problem solver without solving problems on your own!

Therefore, from each participant, the willingness to do some homework is expected. 

Mathematical Olympiads

Many students enjoy competing with others in areas in which they have a talent. Mathematical Olympiads provide a competitive but friendly environment for mathematically talented students. On all levels, such Olympiads can help to keep up motivation to improve problem solving skills. 

At Maths Olympiads students with similar interest meet and enjoy discussing their mathematical problem solving experience. 

The eleventh European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad will take place in Eger (Hungary) from 6th to the 12th of April 2022.

Results and exam papers of previous EGMOs can be found on the EGMO website.

We may be offering a selection examination for the Irish team in IT Sligo (possibly on Saturday February 12). Boys will also be welcome to sit this selection exam (for fun and as practise for the International Mathematical Olympiad exams).

Round 1

Top performing participants of the First Round of IrMO, which took place in November 2021 in many second level schools in Ireland, have been invited to our Mathematics Enrichment Course.

Final Round

Participants of the Mathematics Enrichment Classes will be encouraged to participate in the Final Round of the Irish Mathematical Olympiad which will be held in May 2022.

The results of the Final Round of IrMO will be used in selecting the Irish team for the 63rd International Mathematical Olympiad is scheduled to be held in Oslo (Norway) from 6th to 16th of July 2022. There is a policy on eligibility to represent Ireland at the IMO.

IT Sligo College students