Donegal pupils sum it up best
YOUNG primary pupils
from Co Donegal have come tops in the country in a
nationwide competition to find the best in maths.
The students of Cloughfin National School, Lifford,
had the most points of any fifth and sixth class
primary pupils in the MATHletes 2014 challenge.
MATHletes 2014 primary school
champions, Cloughfin National School, Lifford,
pictured with competition founder Sean O’Sullivan.
The initial rounds of
the competition included 3,000 pupils which were
whittled down to 150 for the national finals in
Dublin last weekend. A prize fund totalling €20,000
was distributed among all the winners in both
primary and secondary levels.
MATHletes founder and tech entrepreneur Sean
O’Sullivan said: “Ireland is languishing in the
middle of the European pack when it comes to the
STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering
"By developing a stronger foundation in maths, Irish
students will be well-equipped with key skills that
are required to take up jobs in export-led high-tech
that are so desperately looking for talent.”
The outcome of the national finals was determined by
the highest scores gained following three maths
events designed to test the full range of the
students’ maths abilities.