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/technology, and social/political concerns affecting our world today. Some of the topics include STEAM, Global Citizenship, and Social/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