MAWA (The Mathematical Association of Western Australia) is a not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to improve mathematics education.
Originating as a teacher professional association in 1958, MAWA has grown into a vibrant organisation that provides support for anyone with an interest in mathematics including teachers, parents and students.
MAWA receives no government funding so relies on the support of its members, plus revenue from student programs, professional learning and the sale of publications.
We extend a warm welcome to any students, individuals, families or schools who might be considering the benefits of a MAWA membership, which includes discounts for professional learning publication purchases and student competition entry.
WAMPSPThe West Australian Mathematics Problem Solving Program has been in operation since it was developed in 1992 by Dr Nathan Hoffman.
WAMPSP provides mathematics problem solving classes for mathematically gifted students aged 10 to 15, although highly gifted students of a younger age can, and have been included. In 2021 more than 400 students enrolled.
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, or on Saturday mornings. It is linked to the MYA and the students enter the AMT Maths Challenge, either through WAMPSP or their school.
The students are involved in a wide range of significant mathematical problem solving activities that explore beyond the Australian Curriculum. Each activity is explored to sufficient depth for students to appreciate the solution strategy involved and the process by which it is obtained.
The program aims to:
- Develop mathematics problem solving skills
- Enhance students’ skills in the logical and effective presentation of solutions
- Increase students’ knowledge of mathematics, beyond the curriculum
- Encourage independent study and develop an aptitude for organisation