FPS offers four competitive components that you can participate in. They are Global Issues Problem Solving, Community Problem Solving, Scenario Writing, and Scenario Performance. Three divisions are offered for students: Junior (grades 4-6), Middle (grades 7-9), and Senior (grades 10-12). Please read about each of the various components below and get started participating in one or more of them today!
Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) is a competitive component of FPSPI which can be accomplished as a team (of 4) or individual activity in which participants research a series of global topics and learn a six-step creative problem solving process. Problem solvers apply their topic and creative problem solving knowledge to address a charge presented in an imagined situation, termed Future Scene.
Trained evaluators score student work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams and individuals on the qualifying problem are invited to Affiliate FPS Competitions. The winners of each respective Affiliate FPS Competition advance to the FPSP International Conference in June.
Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) provides the tools and strategies students need to face the challenges of today and the future. What better way to prepare students for their future than by teaching them to think systematically about problematic situations, to gather information to understand the situation, and to evaluate multiple solutions in order to best address the situation? Students involved in Community Problem Solving (CmPS) learn powerful lessons about creating change, about dealing with local authorities and organizations, and about making a positive impact. The top Community Problem Solving projects are invited to the FPSP International Conference in June.
Scenario Writing (SW) is a competition in which individuals develop short stories related to one of five FPS topics for the year. The story (1500 words or less) is set at least 20 years in the future and is an imagined, but logical, outcome of actions or events taking place in the world today. The first place winner in each Affiliate Program and the top 5 international winners in each division are invited to the International Conference in June.
Read the best scenarios from around the world and see what makes them champions! Check out our International Scenario Writing Champions book. It contains the top five scenarios in each division from the FPS International Scenario Writing Competition. Plus the winning Junior, Middle, and Senior Division Affiliate Team Champions. Also included are evaluator scores and comments.
For thinkers who are also storytellers!
Scenario Performance (ScP) was designed by FPSP Australia to develop and sustain the oral tradition of storytelling. Essentially, ScP is for students who enjoy telling stories. This option is ideally suited to students who show thinking abilities in different ways - particularly for those whose cultural heritage and/or learning styles prefer oral communication.
Scenario Performances are connected to the annual FPSPI Scenario Writing topics as participants develop futuristic stories to present in a creative and entertaining manner. The stories do not have to be written, rather they are performed!
Problem solving skills can easily be taught within the learning environment.
If you are looking for a non-competitive problem solving resource, consider these options:
Action-Based Problem Solving (AbPS)
AbPS is designed for integration into the classroom curriculum and can be used with the primary level (K-3) and up through grade 9. AbPS teaches a simplified version of the problem solving process, providing guidance in the writing of ideas. The materials may be used with a few students or with an entire class; either the teacher or the students may record the ideas that are generated; the work may be completed with complete teacher guidance or independently in small groups.
Some Affiliates offer AbPS as a non-competitive component. In these Affiliates, registration provides two additional problem solving scenes for students to address, and the registration entitles the teacher to submit the students’ work for evaluation twice during the year. Contact your Affiliate for more information.
The Problem Solving Experience: Classroom Curriculum Designed to Promote Problem Solving in the 21st Century is a complete curriculum targeted at grades 5-8, and portions can be adjusted for use with younger or older students.The curriculum can be implemented as a full semester course, or spread across 1-4 school years. Complete lesson plans and resource materials are provided.
Problem Solving Across the Curriculum provides hundreds of Future Scenes that have been used in the Global Issues Problem Solving component. Teachers may select Future Scenes to fit their curriculum and may modify the scenes to meet their student's educational needs. These Future Scenes can be used to practice and apply the creative problem solving process.