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Man United: Chances of Winning?

Man United are given very little chance this evening.   Looking at the head to head stats below, it makes for interesting reading. Bayern Stats: Matches 11 Wins 3 Drawn 6 Losses 2 Goals for 13 Goals Against 12 Goals difference 1 The biggest win 2:1, 1:0 The biggest loss 2:3, 1:2 Points 15 Man United Stats: Matches 11 Wins 2 Drawn…

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OECD: Irish students "average at creative problem solving"

The OECD report (RTE.ie, April 1st) presents Irish teens as being ranked 22nd compared to 15-year-olds in 44 countries in this fifth volume of PISA 2012 results. The report presents an assessment of student performance in creative problem solving. The Irish teens came 17th out of 28 when non-OECD countries were excluded. These results should come as no surprise as they reflect…

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Madigan gets the nod…Leinster to Win

Should the game come down to conversions of tries, as we believe it will,  it’ll be the kicker who picks the optimal place to convert the try. So how should a player (without a measuring tape or protractor) choose which place to kick a conversion from? He can choose from anywhere along the red dotted line as shown here (having…

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Mathematics – The Philosophy of Educated Risk Takers

“Education should embrace more than formal learning”, John Lawlor, Chief Executive Office, Scouting Ireland, Irish Times, March 25th 2014. We agree wholeheartedly with Mr Lawlor’s assertions presented in the Irish Times yesterday that the changes proposed in the Junior Cycle afford great opportunities to students to enrich their post primary experiences and to achieve a balance between formal and informal…

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#King of Summer Camps Award

Connemara Maths Academy have just been awarded the Twitter #King Of Summer Camps in UK and Ireland! Thanks to everyone involved.   Early Booking Discounts Available.

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Go Pro at Connemara Maths Academy!

Make your own GoPro Video this summer! at the CMA Kylemore Abbey Summer Camp June 22nd – 29th…                                 3D Surf Wave Mathematically Modelled Choose one of your adventure sports outings, shoot it on one of our GoPro cameras and edit in our Visual Technology workshop…

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"You'll never walk alone"

Bill O’Herlihy and RTE can take solace from the fact that they are not alone. From the OECD (PIAAC) study in 2012, just over 25% of Irish adults score at or below Level 1 for numeracy compared to a 20% average across participating countries. While Bill’s contribution to the debate was hilarious, there is a very serious and expensive underlying…

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RTE's Rote Learning Bill O'Herlihy

The perils of rote learning were on display on RTE yesterday evening. Bill O’Herlihy  demonstrated that he could well do with a week at the Connemara Maths Academy! According to Bill, David Moyes has super powers and lives in a parallel universe where a manager such as Moyes can view players over 8000 times per second. Bill claimed that David…

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Colour Green – why the Irish can take austerity.

Irish people have been subjected to a whole array of austerity measures, and are taking the pain that few other countries could take. The reason we found ourselves in this situation is as much to do with rote learning in our schools as it has to do with the corrupt and incompetent politicians and businessmen we inherited through our education…

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Skills Shortages – Maths Fluency Essential

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today (March 13th 2014) has strongly urged governments to encourage students to make careers in  science, technology, engineering and maths to prevent a skills shortage in key industrial sectors, in a report ‘ Engineering our Future’. Visualisation and Creativity at CMA   Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director,  says that growth and jobs will depend…

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