Transition Year Program
TY Work Experience in the School of Mathematical Sciences, UCC in January 2020
During the period 20-24 January 2020, the School of Mathematical Sciences organised a weeklong workshop for TY and 5th year students interested in work experience in Mathematics in UCC. This year’s event hosted 46 participants from 20 different schools, mostly from county Cork but also from Wexford and one coming from as far as Scoil Mhuire Buncrana, County Donegal.
The event, now in its 5th year in its current format, offered participants the opportunity to experience university life through a variety of activities:
- to attend a variety of undergraduate lectures in mathematics and related area;
- to work on a small research project in a 2 hrs workshop.
- to acquire teaching skills in purpose-designed workshops. In these workshops, participants were provided with resource materials and the teaching skills and practice which enable them to work as tutors for maths circles for the younger 1st year students in their own school, or for primary school students in nearby schools. Maths circles are lunchtime or after-school weekly maths clubs based on Maths Circles Ireland teaching materials. They are typically run by a teacher with the help of tutors, and aim to engender a love for mathematics and higher problem-solving skills.
All students who completed the week of work experience received graduation diplomas, and prizes were awarded to the best team presentations.
Participants particularly appreciated the friendliness of all the UCC lecturers and tutors involved, the variety of lectures and the opportunity to present in front of an audience. They enjoyed the topics of the presentations and would have enjoyed more research workshops and time for social activities, some of them saying that a two week workshop would have been even greater.
Many thanks to all our staff who welcomed visitors to UCC and to their lectures, and special thanks to the UCC students and staff members who led the teaching and research workshops: Alison Riordan; Billy Millar; Conrad Crowley; Dylan Morley; Enda Gormley; Nathaniel Dureza Volfango; Reggie Kavanagh; Ruarai Tomas Goodfellow, Anca and Andrei Mustata.