Xilinx Make Maths Matter

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Xilinx Make Maths Fun & Interesting for Local StudentsMake Maths Matter 1John Mullen, Senior HR Manager, welcoming students from St. Ronan’s S.N.S. to Xilinx

Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), in partnership with Xilinx completed a very successful Make Maths Matter Workshop on 15th February 2017.

The Make Maths Matter Project 2016/17 offers 60 5th class students from West Dublin the opportunity to participate in a unique project, staffed by trained volunteers from Xilinx.

Make Maths Matter 2An intensive, maths-filled day involved the participants in a series of maths related challenges. Students worked together in small groups, facilitated by business volunteers from Xilinx, to play fraction and multiplication games, solving problems and calculating mileage using scale measurements. Each student also engaged in practical spatial-visualisation challenges. The volunteers from Xilinx ensured 60 students from St. Ronan’ Senior National School, Deansrath, Clondalkin enjoyed the opportunity to visit a workplace to explore practical applications for maths in a fun-filled variety of maths, games and activities.

 John Mullen, Senior HR Manager in Xilinx, said the event was: “We are delighted to be partnered with Junior Achievement as it is a wonderful opportunity to give back to schools in the local community. Today’s Make Maths Matter workshop was  fantastic; so well organised and structured. The volunteers were very well trained and extremely good with the children while the wide range of activities kept the students engaged and interested – the students really did seem to enjoy the maths activities. Overall the project has been very positive for both Xilinx and local schools.”

Make Maths Matter 3Noel Morgan, 5th class teacher in St. Ronan’s National School, commented that:  “This was another hugely enjoyable and highly educational workshop. Thank you to Xilinx and Junior Achievement for providing this opportunity to our fifth class pupils, they really relished the chance to learn in a fun working environment outside of the classroom. We are already looking forward to the next Make Maths Matter workshop in May.”

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