Grades 4 through 12
Global Issues Problem Solving
The purpose of GIPS is to facilitate students’ ability to design and achieve positive futures using an authentic six step problem solving model. GIPS is a competitive component of Future Problem Solving and is a team or individual activity. Students research a series of global annual topics and learn the six step problem solving process.
Community Problem Solving
CmPS is where students apply the Future Problem Solving model to local, regional, and global communities in the real world. The FPS model, or creative problem solving process, is a technique for constructively looking at a topic or an issue to find creative solutions. The FPS Model, used in GIPS, is also adapted to CmPS. Students may work in teams or individually on their projects.
SW provides students an opportunity to tell an original story based on one of the topics for the current competition season. Scenario Writers develop a creative, futuristic narrative to entertain and inform readers as they portray awareness and imaginings about possible futures. SW strives to help students enlarge, enrich, and make more accurate their image of the future, while learning creative writing skills. SW is an individual activity.
In ScP, students project twenty years into the future and create a futuristic story. This story is not written out in full but rather it is “told” and should be more “natural” and “spontaneous” in nature. Inspired by the rich tradition of storytelling, student performances up to 5 minutes must relate to one of the annual topics and exemplify original style/voice, character development, and futuristic thinking. ScP is an individual activity.
Grades K through 9
Action-Based Problem Solving
Action-Based Problem Solving is designed for integration into the classroom curriculum. It teaches a simplified version of the problem solving process, providing guidance in the writing of ideas.