What is Learnstorm???

Learnstorm was formerly known as MATHletes Challenge. It is a pioneering maths tournament for Ireland based on the Khan Academy approach to learning and teaching maths. Students compete online from January until April through the Khan Academy website, and face to face against their peers, with over €20,000 in prizes and the title of MATHletes Challenge All-Ireland Champion on offer. Students are encouraged to spend as much time as they can on online challenges gaining as many ‘mastery skills’ as they can. Leader boards are displayed on the MATHletes website weekly, and monthly winners are announced according to who has gained the most mastery points. These students are categorised into provincial winners and national winners.
As well as the individual student challenge, all of the points students gain are put towards our school team, the schools challenge is categorised into provincial winners and national winners.

Students who place very highly ion the monthly provincial leader boards will be invited to take part in play-offs against their peers and if successful at that stage will then go on to the national final where they will be in with a chance of winning lots of impressive prizes.
More information on the challenge can be found on their website

Success in 2015

1. Schools challenge
Our school team finished
# 2 in Cavan
#3 in Ulster
#16 in the country
This was an amazing achievement we hope to improve on this year! It shows the great time and effort all of our students dedicated to this challenge and with that dedication many new maths skills were developed and mastered.

2. Student challenge
We experienced great success for our first year of the challenge even though we signed up two months after it began. Students from 1st, 2nd, TY and 5th year spent hours online mastering maths skills as well as building their confidence in the area of maths. For the March leader board 2015 we had several students reaching the top ten positions with one student topping the national leader board.

Mathletes National Finalists 2015Due to their great individual success two of our fifth year students were invited to take part in the Ulster provincial playoffs in Letterkenny. Clodagh O’Reilly and Ciara Sheils competed against other fifth year students in Ulster to complete timed online challenges, problem based questions and a teamwork activity. Ciara Sheils was the Ulster champion on the day and because of the girls’ impressive contribution in the challenge both Ciara and Clodagh were invited to compete in the National final in DCU. After another long day of maths challenges and problems we were unlucky not to come home with a trophy, however due to Ciara’s top position in Ulster she was awarded a scholarship for DCU which is an amazing prize.

How can you sign up to mathletes this year?
The competition does not officially start until January, however students are encouraged to sign up on the mathletes website to practice their maths skills. In December all students from 1st- 5th year will be encouraged to sign up and given a tutorial by their maths teachers in how to access the khan academy challenges and gain mastery points. There will be class codes distributed to each year group, these codes ensure that students are placed on our school team and against the right year group. After students have signed up it’s up to them to spend the hours online and do the best they can!
Students who want to find out more can talk to Mrs Sweeney in school or any of the Maths Department.

Participants from Loreto College
Irish Junior Mathematics competition
Eimear Rudden, Emma Dolan, Sorcha Finan, Zuzanna Lazvga, Anna Smith, Anna Watson, Sana Cheema, Aleksandra Timahovica, Katie Briody and Maureen Reilly.

First year: Alexandra Timahovica (2nd place) and Arisha Maqsood (6th place)
Second year: Fia Maloney (3rd place), Oliwia Wzorek(6th place), Tara Ni Chionnaith (8th place) and Sinead Cahill (10th place)
Fifth year: Clodagh O’Reilly (1st place) Abike Aiyegbusi (3rd place) and Ciara Sheils (4th place)