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Eureka Success In The First MATHletes Challenge

MATHletes Challenge 2014 is a pioneering maths tournament for Ireland based on the Khan Academy approach to learning and teaching maths.

Students from 5th and 6th class in primary school and 1st to 3rd year in secondary school junior cycle competed online through the Khan Academy website, and face to face against their peers, with over €20,000 in prizes and the title of MATHletes Challenge Champion 2014 on offer.

Students participated individually in the Student Challenge and/or with their school in the School Challenge, with top scorers advancing to county, provincial and national finals in May.

Over three thousand students from Ireland competed in the competition and thirty came from Eureka. The hard work by those students helped Eureka to finish in 5th position at National level and 3rd in Leinster.

Thirteen Eureka students qualified for the Leinster Final held in DCU, but unfortunately, three students were cup-tied and had to attend a soccer final. The remaining ten students qualified for the National Final which was held in Dublin on the 24th of May.

The students who competed were:

Carmel Byrne, Ayo Ali, Eva O'Byrne, Antonia Smyth, Jane Murphy (1st year) and Caoimhe Boyce, Danielle Farrelly, Beverly Genocky, Niamh McKenna (2nd year) and Kate Murphy (3rd year).

Everyone was delighted when Beverly Genocky finished in 3rd place in the Second Year Individual Category and Danielle Farrelly finished in 1st place in this category.

Both girls had worked really hard during the competition and were fully deserving of their prizes.

The competition was supported by entrepreneur Seán O’Suillivan of Dragons Den fame and championed by Ciarán Cannon TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills.