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  • Thousands of primary and secondary school students from across the island will gather at the Old Library grounds at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, on Thursday, March 12, for the third staging of the Ministry of Education’s Mathematics Exposition.
  • The exposition is the Ministry’s core activity for National Math Week, which is being observed from March 8-13, under the theme: ‘Math Counts’.
  • The activities are slated to begin on Sunday, March 8, with a Church Service at Swallowfield Chapel, 5 Swallowfield Road, in Kingston and culminate on Friday, March 13 with activities in the regions.

Thousands of primary and secondary school students from across the island will gather at the Old Library grounds at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, on Thursday, March 12, for the third staging of the Ministry of Education’s Mathematics Exposition, beginning at 9:00 a.m.                                                                               

The exposition is the Ministry’s core activity for National Math Week, which is being observed from March 8-13, under the theme: ‘Math Counts’.

The activities are slated to begin on Sunday, March 8, with a Church Service at Swallowfield Chapel, 5 Swallowfield Road, in Kingston and culminate on Friday, March 13 with activities in the regions.

An awards ceremony to recognise Math Teachers is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10.                                                         .

Math Week began in 2013 and forms part of the Ministry’s efforts to change students and teachers’ attitudes towards Mathematics.

National Mathematics Coordinator at the Ministry, Dr. Tamika Benjamin, told JIS News that the exposition will enable students, teachers, as well as other stakeholders to view booths developed around a range of industries, in an effort to highlight the significant role that mathematics play in these fields.

The objective, she said, is to create an environment where students can interact with the subject in a way that is fun, engaging, and that will help them appreciate and see its relevance and its many applications in everyday life.

Exhibitors will include the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Port Authority of Jamaica, Jamaica Institution of Engineers, Caribbean Maritime Institute, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Heart Trust/NTA, National Meteorological Service, Statistical Institute of Jamaica and the Shipping Association of Jamaica.

Along with these booths, concept-based booths will be mounted, allowing for an interactive exploration of mathematical concepts and theories outlined in both the primary and secondary curricula. The expo will also feature live outside broadcasts, scheduled tours of the UWI, competitions and a variety of games and activities.