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In Ireland, to encourage the study of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and particularly mathematics, the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) and Clongowes Wood College (County Kildare, Ireland) organized a mathematical modelling workshop for senior cycle secondary school students. Participants developed simple mathematical models for everyday life problems with an open-ended answer. The format and content of the workshop are described and feedback from both students and participating teachers is provided. For nearly all participants, this workshop was an enjoyable experience which showed mathematics and other STEM components in a very positive way.
J. P.F. Charpin , S. O'Hara & D. Mackey (2013): Mathematical modelling at secondary school: the MACSI-Clongowes Wood College experience, International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, DOI:10.1080/0020739X.2012.756552