**Overview of the Program**

The Mathematics Problem Solving Program has been in operation since 1992. Originally and for over 20 years, by Edith Cowan University and located at the Mount Lawley campus. In 2013 the program was rebadged as

**The Western Australian Mathematics Problem Solving Program**and now operates at Perth Modern School in Subiaco. In 2016 ownership of the program was passed to

*(WAMPSP)***The Mathematical Association of Western Australia**

**(MAWA).****As of 2018, the program will be supported by and located at Sci Tech in West Perth.**

The program provides mathematics problem-solving classes for

**mathematically highly gifted students**aged 10 to 15, though exceptionally highly gifted students of a younger age can apply. Each year more than 220 students are enrolled in the program. The program is year-long and operates during term-time after school. It is linked to the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians, a national program of the Australian Mathematics Trust.

The students are involved in a wide range of significant mathematical problem-solving activities. 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 the mathematics problem solving skills**of the students. It also aims to

**develop the students’ skills in the logical and effective presentation of solutions**, and, of course, to

**increase the students’ knowledge of mathematics**.

The consistent focus on effective presentation of solutions also provides a means of monitoring student progress.