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Congratulations to the winners of the Jan/Feb Maths Challenge. The latest challenge for March/April has now been added to the Maths Competition Page and you can see the solutions and the winners on the page also.
Lucan Community College students are once again using their Khan Academy accounts to improve their mathematical knowledge. Following on from the success of last year’s Mathletes competition (renamed LearnStorm this year) students can start earning points now for our school and earn real-life rewards, exclusive badges, and a chance to attend the epic final celebration.
Last year a number of our students qualified for the national finals in Google headquarters in Dublin. So please encourage your son/daughter to take some time out of their day to use the Khan Academy website (www.khanacademy.org). Above all, the site encourages students to learn mathematics at their own pace. It encourages independent learning which ties in with our theme this year of ‘Towards Independence’. Students can access resources in many disciplines including science, finance, economics, art, music, history and computer coding/programming. If they are unclear on a topic they can watch videos and learn how to do a particular type of question in the comfort of their own I home and at their own pace.
Many of our 1st/2nd years will be assigned homework using the website over the next while so please help them in this regard where possible.
Maths Week runs in the college from 12th-16th October this year. During the week all first and second year students will be encouraged to design a maths week poster. These will be displayed on Monday and prizes will be provided for the best in each class. Please encourage your son/daughter to use their mathematical imagination when designing their poster and keep their Maths Eyes open!
Maths games and competitions will take place in F1 and F3 at lunchtime everyday next week so we encourage all students to come along and join in.
Dont forget to enter the online Manga High competition – all students scoring over 100 points receive a medal from the website company. The website for Mangahigh is here and your maths teacher will provide the relevant login information.
Check out the Mathseyes website also.
To find out more about Mathsweek and various events taking place to celebrate it look at the the Mathsweek website.
Five students from Lucan Community College have been selected to participate in the provincial finals Mathletes 2015. They are Alex Hanley, Carmen Trefas and Eoin O’Sullivan (1st year students) , Ciaran Behan (2nd year) and Hannah Keating (4th year). The final takes place on Saturday 18th April from 9.30am to 2.30pm in Google Headquarters. There were over 12,000 participants in the competition and 680 were selected to take part in the provincial finals.
Maths teacher Ciaran Duffy reports that many of our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th year students have been busy working away on the maths website khanacademy.org over the past four weeks. Our students were entered into a national competition called Mathletes which syncs their Khan Academy accounts to a national leaderboard. Since starting this competition our school lies 2nd on the national leaderboard out of over 100 second level schools in the country; a great achievement which we are all extremely proud of. Even more impressive is that our students only joined the competition some 7 weeks after it started.
Particular mention must go to Aidan O’Driscoll of 5th year who has given of his time on Saturday mornings to train as a mathletes coach whereby he brings these skills back to the school to run a mathletes club at lunch times on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Abraham Odokuoya, Donal Flannery and James Burns and Aidan O’Driscoll of 5th year, Joshua Odidison, Aoife Greally, Dean Gahan-Connolly and Hannah Keating of TY, Ammna Aljubury, Ciarán Behan, Eoin Griffin & Rhiannon Withero in 2nd year and Alex Hanley, Carmen Trefas, TJ Burns and Gabriele Kolesnikovaite in 1st year have all been in the top 10 of the national leaderboards at different times in the past 4 weeks. Alex in fact finished 2nd in the national finals for the month of February and received a certificate for same.
Congrats to all involved from our Maths Department and it’s never too late to get involved – students in any year can log in at any time to www.khanacdemy.org - it is bound to improve your mathematics at any time. You can check out the leader boards at www.mathletes.ie
Calling all Lucan CC students, parents and staff. As part of our numeracy policy, we are asking everyone to “Put your Maths Eyes on” this summer and share what you see with us. Using the theme of “Summer Maths” we want you to take a photograph associated with the summer holidays which has an element of maths in it. This could be anything from taking a photo of an ice-cream CONE on a sunny day, a beach ball (SPHERE) being used at the beach or a plane/train TIMETABLE used to get you to your holiday destination.
Have a look at the website www.haveyougotmathseyes.com for more ideas.
You can print the photo and drop it into us with your name and class on the back or email it to the school at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name.
When we gather the photos in September the most imaginative and interesting ones will be displayed on the school website and on a new Lucancc Maths Facebook page and there may even be a prize or two!