Maths Meet 2022

Friday, November 4, 2022 - 11:30

This year’s MathsMeet conference was bigger than ever. It was organised by Irish Maths Teacher Association (IMTA), Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) and Professional Development Service for Teacher (PDST). 450 maths teachers from all over Ireland attended the event in Maynooth University. It was great to have our Maynooth University Education students feature at the event.  Ms Sophie McGinley, one of our year 3 BSc Education students presented on her use of coding in teaching mathematics. Sophie talked about her experience in second year where she worked with Microsoft Dream Space Academy to become a Digital Leader. In her presentation she talked about using Micro:Bit and Makecode Arcade in the teaching of mathematics. 

Ms Megan Brady, a year 2 PME student teacher, teaching in Coláiste na Mí, Navan shared her experience from her STEM Teacher internship in Intel MPE, Manufacturing Product Engineering. While on this internship, Megan developed a range of lesson plan to use in the teaching of STEM. She incorporated hardware (Arduino and Grove beginner kit) with Genuino software. Her lesson plans included using coding to build your own calculator, maths operations using mBlock and Genuino and many more interesting ideas for using technology in teaching mathematics. Megan shared examples of her teaching plans at the workshop.  

Professor Rosemary Monahan and Taina Lehtimaki presented on the PACT project Transition Year module on computational thinking available to schools. Computational thinking problems were dotted around the building on the day and proved very popular with participants. These resources are available to schools in English, Irish and Ukrainian. Schools can download materials here  and apply for members of the team to lead workshops with their classes.   A video of the workshop is available to view here