Can students compete in both individuals and on a team?
They cannot, as it is the same Future Scene and same window to compete. A single student can participate in CmPS, SW, ScP, and 1 GIPS booklet - team or individual - but not both.
According to the description of Scenario Writing in the information,it states that scenario writers will be submitting their writing prior to GIPS competition so that they may compete in both competitions. Yet, the writers the use of a Future Scene is also a requirement. Will these students be using a different future scene than the one used for GIPS?
Yes, there will be an alternate Future Scene for the Scenario Writing competition.
I know that a coach/chaperone must register with the participants because of the way the system works. The question is does the coach pay $150 too?
No, there is not a fee for the coach.
How will the integrity of the competition be maintained with it occurring virtually instead of at a controlled/monitored site like International Conference?
Due to circumstances beyond our control, and the health/safety of all, we determined that a virtual event for 2020 was the best course of action. Our primary goal is the safety and health of FPSers. Our secondary goal is to offer the highest quality problem solving experience possible for the champions who have earned an invitation to our conference. The virtual system has a timing capability to monitor time. Should students compete in a group setting (as allowed by local regulations) then there will be monitor instructions provided and requirements that the monitor agrees to follow the guidelines. Additionally, all students will be required to complete an honor pledge.
How will presentation of action plans be monitored?
Our team is working through the details on presentation of action plan and details will be released prior to the event.
Will virtual IC require all GIPS teams to complete their work on pencil and paper? (this question was posed by a coach who expressed concern over inequities of internet speed, computer quality, and typing speed variations in an attempt to ensure that all competitors were on an “equal playing field”)
Our FPSOnline system allows for students on a team to type directly in the system. Health concerns from COVID-19 are closing schools and preventing groups from gathering. To support needs of our international group, the typing into the system option allows students to work collaboratively from the safety of their own homes to complete the competition. We will allow both options during virtual IC – typing into the system or writing the booklet together. All competitors will sign an honor code.
Will virtual IC accommodate students in the Global Issues Problem Solving competition who do not have proficiency at typing (especially the Junior division)?
Our FPSOnline system allows for students on a team to type directly in the system or to work together face to face and complete the booklet on pencil and paper to upload. Please note that the team must choose the same option for the entire team and that a practice session for registered teams will be offered from May 18-22 to become more comfortable with the program. Local regulations MUST be followed if working face to face and should align with health guidelines for meetings.
Will there be a MAGIC competition at Virtual IC 2020?
Yes, MAGIC competition will still happen in 2020. In order to best offer MAGIC, we will run this event separately from Virtual International Conference. It will occur in mid to late June. Details will be coming later on this competition.