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Donegal students named as Top Mathletes in Ireland

We are the champions, 5th and 6th class pupils from Scoil Colmcille, Cloughfin, who were crowned national MATHlete champions. Picture: Tony Kinlan.

We are the champions, 5th and 6th class pupils from Scoil Colmcille, Cloughfin, who were crowned national MATHlete champions. Picture: Tony Kinlan.

Students from Cloughfin National School, Lifford, have been named as the top MATHletes in the country.

The fifth and sixth class pupils took part in the Primary Division of the Schools Challenge at the IFSC in Dublin last Saturday.

The brainchild of Cork based tech entrepreneur Sean O’Sullivan of SOSventures and Department of Education and Skills Junior Minister Ciaran Cannon, MATHletes uses the global leader in free online STEM education - the Khan Academy – to improve the overall standard of Ireland’s math students.

Out of the 3,000 students from 5th and 6th class in the junior cycle and 1st, 2nd and 3rd years in the senior cycle who have taken part in the MATHletes Challenge 2014, 150 qualified for the National Finals, having come through as a top performer in the MATHletes Challenge Provincial Finals.

Competing for over €20,000 in prizes and the title of MATHletes Challenge 2014 national champion, the winners of the MATHletes Challenge 2014 national finals were determined by the students who had the highest scores following a multi-event format, consisting of three maths events designed to test the full range of the students’ maths abilities.

The Cloughfin champions are pictured here celebrating their achievement with Sean O’Sullivan.

 

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