Microsoft makes maths matter for primary school pupils

Make Maths Matter
Pictured: Catie Davies from St Raphaela's NS, Stillorgan, Trixia Pandac and Daniel Frosi from St Joseph's NS, Dun Laoghaire and Aisling Mellon-Whelan from St Raphaela's NS, Stillorgan

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27 May 2015 | 0

Microsoft hosted an event yesterday entitled Make Maths Matter at its Sandyford headquarters for fifth and sixth class students. At the same time, 75 Microsoft team members reached out to some 500 primary school students across Dublin to promote the subject through a programme designed by Junior Achievement Ireland.

The sessions saw students get involved with a series of games and modules promoting maths, showing how it impacts everyday life.

Ken Hickey, Microsoft Ireland, said: “Microsoft is always looking at ways at which we can inspire students to learn in new ways and to further their interest in the STEM subjects. Junior Achievement’s Make Maths Matter programme breaks down the barriers that historically have prevented students from excelling in mathematics.

“For instance, one module see students take a virtual tour of Ireland and measure the distance in kilometres between various towns and cities on a road map – so maths becomes less abstract and participants can clearly visualise what numbers represent. Our employees have taken the course and delivered it to students today both here in Microsoft and in local Dublin schools – and all involved are learning and having fun.”

Ann Butler, operations director, Junior Achievement Ireland, added: “Make Maths Matter has been a programme we are very passionate about in Junior Achievement. To date, the programme has been a great success with many teachers adapting some of the course in their own maths teachings. We were delighted to have the support of Microsoft to deliver this programme to more schools and students in Dublin than we have ever reached before.”

Schools involved in Make Maths Matter through Microsoft included St Kevin’s Sallynoggin; St Raphaela’s Stillorgan; Queen of Angels Ballaly; St Joseph’s Dun Laoghaire; St Attracta’s Ballinteer; St Laurence’s Stillorgan, Holy Cross Dundrum; and Guardian Angels’ Blackrock.

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