The WAMPSP Program
The Mathematics Problem Solving Program has been in operation since it was developed in 1992 by Dr Nathan Hoffman.
The program provides mathematics problem-solving classes for mathematically gifted students aged 10 to 15, though highly gifted students of a younger age can apply. Each year more than 200 students are enrolled in the program.
The students are involved in a wide range of significant mathematical problem-solving activities. Each activity is explore to sufficient depth for students to appreciate the solution strategy involved and the process by which it is obtained.
The program is year-long and operates during term time after school. For the Euler, Gauss and Noether classes the program utilises the Maths Challenge and Maths Enrichment programs created each year for students across Australia by the Australian Maths Trust.
The program aims to:
- develop mathematics problem solving skills;
- develop the students’ skills in the logical and effective presentation of solutions: and
- increase the students’ knowledge of mathematics.
The program is conducted at the University of Western Australia; Edith Cowan University (Joondalup), Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School and Online.