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!
"FPS helped me develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that I use to teach in my classroom and in running our family business. Community Problem Solving helped me understand the value of those skills through real-world application which is why I have worked so hard to develop and maintain the program in my own school district. I am a first generation college graduate and the skills and experiences I had in FPS largely contributed to my interest in pursuing my college degrees."
- Elizabeth Hill, Texas FPS
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.