For over forty years, Future Problem Solvers from around the globe have come together to celebrate the final round of their competitive season, the Future Problem Solving International Conference. Successful teams and individuals from Affiliate Programs and Mentored Regions converge to recognize their accomplishments and expertise gained from using the Creative Problem Solving process. Before competition begins, all participants gather to celebrate the breathtaking Flag Procession designed to welcome every region represented and kick-off the International Conference.
Students from each component will have unique experiences as they compete with their peers and collaborate with new friends.
- Global Issues Problem Solvers pursue the honor of International Champion as they complete the Problem Solving Process on the designated International Conference topic. Past IC topics have included Intellectual Property, Space, Global Status of Women, Green Living, and many others. Affiliate Champions complete the process and illustrate their Action Plans through a creative presentation.
- Community Problem Solvers display and present their projects not only for evaluation and interviews, but also in a "CmPS Fair" open to the public. The students seeking and achieving change in their communities demonstrate how bright the future will be with these emerging leaders guiding the way.
- International Scenario Writing Champions in each division are recognized; and readings by the International Champions are presented to a live audience. Writers competing in the Team Scenario Writing Competition create a team scenario in a collaborative writing session.
- Scenario Performers display their storytelling skills as they present their original performance focused on the International Conference topic.
Non-competitive enrichment opportunities may vary by location as the university site changes throughout the years; however, the Variety Show, International Choir, Scavenger Hunt, and Memento Exchange are always great opportunities for competitors to meet peers from countries throughout the world. Before departing, participants once again come together to acknowledge the accomplishments of their peers at the Award Ceremony and say "until next year."
International Scenario Writing
This competition requires a student to write a futuristic story based on one of the current year’s Future Problem Solving topics. Programs on an alternative school calendar may use the prior year’s topics. The composition must contain 1500 words or less and must occur at least 20 years into the future.
Scenarios are evaluated based on their content development, creativity, futuristic elements, and the author’s personal touch. The top three scenarios per division from each Affiliate Program and Mentored Region may be submitted to the International Scenario Writing Competition.
FPSPI’s International Scenario evaluation consists of two rounds. In the first round, each scenario is evaluated by three different evaluators and given three scores. The scenarios advancing to the final round receive five additional evaluations.
The top 5 writers in each division are published in the annual International Scenario Writing Champions book and are invited to attend the FPS International Conference where they receive their trophy and are able to compete in the Scenario Writing Team competition. View 2017 Scenario Writing Champs
Purchase the Scenario Writing Book which contains the top five scenarios from each division from the Future Problem Solving Program International 2017 International Scenario Writing Competition, plus the winning Junior, Middle, and Senior Division Scenario Writing Team Champions from 2016. Includes much more!