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All-Ireland maths challenge returns with €20,000 prize fund for students and schools

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9 December 2015

Registration is now open for LearnStorm Ireland, a maths challenge for students and schools with a prize fund of €20,000.

Originally called Mathletes, the challenge was started in 2014 by technology entrepreneur Sean O’Sullivan and Khan Academy, a not-for-profit on a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. The goal was to increase students’ competence and confidence in maths, and to date, over 500 teachers throughout Ireland have participated, helping over 13,000 primary and secondary students complete more than 4 million minutes of learning maths skills. The success of the Irish challenge inspired Khan Academy to take the challenge to the USA as LearnStorm in 2015. This change makes Ireland a co-founding country of a new global learning movement.

According to a 2015 OECD report, Ireland ranks 15th out of 34 countries in maths and science, still 15% of Irish 15-year-olds had not achieved basic skills. This gap equates to €227 billion in lost GDP for Ireland over the course of these students’ lives. Boosting Ireland’s position will lead to a brighter future for the next generation of Irish leaders in all fields of life and work.

LearnStorm is being delivered by Camara Ireland.

John Fitzsimons, CEO of Camara Education, said: “We are really excited that signups are now open for this free maths challenge for Ireland. This is precisely the type of innovative education that ICT can facilitate both inside and outside the classroom.”

James Tynan, global partnerships lead at Khan Academy, said: “LearnStorm helps students not only to get excited about maths, but to cultivate higher order skills about learning that will permeate other life challenges, too. We know that the more you grapple with something, the more your capacity expands. LearnStorm is for everyone as it rewards students for hard work and mastery, no matter if they’re learning basic arithmetic or advanced calculus.”

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