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 able mathematics students aged 10 to 15, though highly able students of a younger age can apply. Each year over 300 students are enrolled in the program.
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.
Each WAMPSP class has a Challenge Stage in the first part of the year and an Enrichment Stage for the remaining part of the year. For more information, see https://www.amt.edu.au/maths-challenge
These evenings are for any parents and students interesting in learning what the WAMPSP Program is about, the classes, costs, locations and the level of commitment that students are required to give to be successful in this program. You will find out how to apply for a place, the registration process and about the special presentation evenings.
Wed 24 June 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Mon 27 July 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm
1) BY APPLICATION
The student will need to complete a set of application problems and have them to the MAWA office by the set deadline. The online application form needs to be completed before posting/delivering your solutions to the MAWA office. The problems are then marked and depending on how the student performs, they may be offered a place in the following year’s program. There is no cost for applying and offers are sent out mid-October.
2) BY APPLICATION TO RE-ENROL
Open to existing WAMPSP students, those interested are given the opportunity to apply to re-enrol for the following year. Places are offered to re-enrolling students based on their performance throughout their time in the program. Offers are sent mid-September.
Existing WAMPSP students can re-enrol in August.
3) BY INVITATION
Students who perform at an exceptionally high level in the Australian Mathematics Challenge (AMC) will be offered a place in the following year’s program. The number of positions is determined after application and re-enrolling students are registered.
Registration, including the payment of fees, will take place in November and December. Registrations are accepted only from students who have received offers or invitations from The Mathematical Association of Western Australia. Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-in basis. Delaying registration may mean missing out on a place in the program. In the past there have been students who lost their place because registration was full. We advise against delaying registration when offered a place.
Classes are offered face-to-face and live online.
There are five levels within the program:
- Praeger Students up to and including Year 6
- Newton Students up to and including Year 7
- Euler Students up to and including Year 8
- Gauss Students up to and including Year 9
- Noether Students up to and including Year 10
Classes run during school term time. No classes are held during school vacations.
Moodle is the means of communication between staff and students and their parents.
The WAMPSP Moodle link is: https://wampsp.com.au
The WAMPSP teachers use Moodle to set class assignments and to inform parents and students about the program.
All students and parents will have access to Moodle.
Adrian (2005 Beazley Medal winner) Scotch College:
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the exceptional (teaching) I received in your Mathematics Problem Solving Programme. I found it to be an enriching and intellectually stimulating experience which helped me to achieve academic success and develop lifelong skills . . .
I believe your programme is highly beneficial, advancing students beyond the school curriculum while enabling us to approach challenges, mathematical or otherwise, with confidence. Just as importantly, it cultivates an appreciation of the intricacies of mathematics and hones the faculty of logical thought. (June 2014)
Jasmine (WAMPSP student 2008 – 2012)
This course taught me resilience and to not give up. It showed me how to approach the unknown, how to deal with not understanding a concept, and this grit is something that I just don’t think I would’ve learnt without the extension that Dr Hoffman’s class offered. Looking back at these classes, I see that they had a massive impact on my life. I was able to realise my strengths in the STEM areas, and trusted in my abilities to take on more challenging topics in high school and beyond. (July 2019)