**Overview of the Program**

The Mathematics Problem Solving Program has been in operation since it was developed in 1992 by Dr Hoffman. For over twenty years it was supported 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 in 2016 officially became a program of

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

*(MAWA).*From 2013 to 2017 the program was based at Perth Modern School. For Term1, 2018 was based at Scitech. For the remainder of 2018 it will be based at the University of WA (UWA).

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 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**. There is a

**consistent emphasis on systematic approaches to problem solving.**

The attention given to effective presentation of solutions also provides a means of monitoring student progress.