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CKT-UTAS celebrates International Day for Mathematics

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C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS), in Navrongo in the Upper East Region, has joined others across the country to celebrate the International Day of Mathematics. 

Speaking to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, Professor Kwara Nantomah, the Dean of the Mathematics Sciences Department at CKT-UTAS explained that the celebration of the day is important to help draw attention to the application of mathematics in our everyday lives.

“We realised that there is a serious problem in the study of mathematics or the performance in mathematics, so it is well placed for us to join the global community to mark this very special and important day to create awareness or try to demystify the subject of mathematics to the public. As part of the celebration, there would be a lecture on the need to study mathematics and the various areas where mathematics is applied.”

“Mathematics is applied to everything we do in our everyday lives. As part of this celebration, we will be highlighting these areas to the public. Also, we would bring in some mathematic games to allow the students have a feel of mathematics of mathematics,” he said.

What is the International Day of Mathematics?

The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a global celebration, which takes place on the 14th of March.

The IDM is led and organised by the International Mathematical Union and many countries and organisations around the world take part.

What is the theme of the International Day of Mathematics?

Each year the worldwide event focuses on a particular theme. The aim of the themes is to connect mathematics to all sorts of subjects, fields and ideas, spark creativity and provide focus to the event. 

This year the theme is Mathematics for Everyone. Why not add this colourful Mathematics for Everyone Banner to your classroom displays in preparation for the event?

It focuses on the powerful quality mathematics has to unite us; no matter where we are from, the unique language of maths is something we all have in common.

Mathematics also plays a big part in other areas that untie us as humans, for example, arts, music, games and science. That’s why this event offers a fantastic opportunity to show young learners how important (and fun!) mathematics is.

Pi Day:

March the 14th is also celebrated around the world as the annual Pi Day. Pi is approximately 3.14 and the date is written as 3/14 in some countries. 

History of the International Day of Mathematics:

The IDM is a relatively new event and was first celebrated in 2020 on the 14th of March. The goal was and still is to encourage, support and assist international mathematics activities and further development of mathematics. 

The theme for the first year was ‘Mathematics is Everywhere.’ The focus was to explore how mathematics is found in science, technology, art, games, and many other activities and subjects. 

Previously, the theme of the event has also been ‘Mathematics for a Better World’. The idea was similar – it showcased how mathematics is used all around us, but the focus was more on how mathematics improves our lives. From artificial intelligence to designing rockets and satellites, mathematical codes help make those inventions a reality.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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