Written by Dr Ronan Flatley, Lecturer in Mathematics at MIC, this book offers Transition Year students and their teachers a collection of mini-projects and challenges in mathematics which are designed to stimulate the curiosity of TY students. Grounded in the historical origins of many mathematical concepts, this book provides opportunities for students to explore many challenging concepts in an enticing and enlightening way. Students can investigate codes and ciphers, engage in exotic base jumping and even construct number tricks to test on their friends.
Speaking at the launch, Prof. Niamh Hourigan, Vice-President of Academic Affairs at MIC, welcomed the publication of MIghTY Maths, highlighting its relevance to the Government’s STEM Education Policy Statement and Implementation Plan 2017-2026. A challenge which has been highlighted in the STEM Education Policy Statement is the need to increase the number of students choosing STEM subjects at post-primary level. The STEM Implementation Plan 2026 articulates a vision for STEM Education that will provide learners with experiences which cultivate their curiosity, tenacity, problem-solving and sense of inquiry. MIghTY Maths has the potential to contribute to this vision, by fuelling the mathematical imagination of TY students and their teachers in post-primary schools.