St. Patrick’s Boys National School, Castlebar, are the top MATHletes in the country with the highest number of skills mastered at the MATHletes Challenge 2014 National Finals, held in Dublin on Saturday.
The Castlebar students competed in the Primary Division of the Schools Challenge for 5th and 6th class students.
MATHletes is 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.