History of the Program

Dr Norm Hoffman

The Mathematical Association of Western Australia’s (MAWA) Problem Solving Program has a long and distinguished history, having been originated by Dr Norm Hoffman in 1992. In total, more than 4,000 students have been involved in the program, and its alumni include both Rhodes Scholars and Beazley Medal winners. Many students from the program have gone on to study overseas and forge highly successful careers in medicine, law, engineering, sciences, and the humanities.

MAWA’s Problem Solving Program runs from March to November each year during the weeks of the school term. It provides specialist tuition to mathematically able students typically aged from 10 to 15 years who are passionate and enthusiastic about mathematics. Classes are offered at seven different levels. The aim of the program is to give students the opportunity to learn from teachers with specialist expertise that is not typically available in schools.

Prior to 2019, the program was only available to students who resided within the Perth metropolitan area. The first online classes were piloted late in 2019, allowing the program to continue to operate with minimal disruption despite the impact of COVID-19. In 2020, MAWA expanded its face-to-face offerings from The University of Western Australia (UWA) to include new venues in the Northern suburbs and Bunbury.

For further information on MAWA’s Problem Solving Program click here.

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