Educators today face a unique problem, they require an effective model to teach critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision-making, while also maintaining compatibility with state and national standards. Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) is the solution that meets these needs.
Our Program Teaches:
Problem Solving, Decision Making, Creativity, and Critical Thinking skills – virtually and in the classroom.
Over 250,000 students globally
have participated in the last decade!
Meet student needs - Team & Individual options are available.
Teach students HOW to think,
not what to think!
Future Problem Solving engages learners from grades 4-12 or equivalent to become more aware of a diverse range of community and global topics, including business and economics, science and technology, and social and political concerns affecting our world today. Some of the topics include STEAM, Global Citizenship, and Social and Emotional issues.
How FPS Works
The first step is to determine which component(s) you and your students are interested in – Global Issues, Community Problem Solving, Scenario Performance, or Scenario Writing. The FPS coach is typically the person who will register students and receive materials. Coaches can be a parent, another experienced FPSer/mentor, or a teacher. Materials are provided to enhance learning of the process and provide support and feedback. Virtual support is available through videos and instructional e-learning experiences. Everyone starts with practice topics and preliminary project deadlines to support learning through feedback/assessment. After the practice topics, competitive topics are offered for regional/state or national finals which qualify students for the International Conference. At the International Conference your students will get a chance to compete and collaborate with problem solvers from all over the globe.
"FPS has shaped the way I view situations and approach life challenges. Sometimes, we have a tendency to focus on the smallest issues or concerns but don't take a bigger look at the whole picture. FPS teaches you to recenter on an underlying concern that is manageable and makes a big impact. As department chair at my school, I have to approach challenges from this lens to make the best positive impact possible for the stakeholders in my department. My favorite FPS memory is meeting a group of competitors from Florida my freshman year. Our team hung out with the Floridians and played soccer together. That bond has lasted to this day. I still am close with a friend from that trip to International Conference 15 years ago."
- Ashley Kessler, Arizona FPS