Future Problem Solvers


To develop the ability of young people globally to design and achieve positive futures through problem solving using critical and creative thinking.

What is FPSPI?

FPSPI is a dynamic international program involving thousands of students annually from around the world. Developed in 1974 by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving (FPS) provides competitive and non-competitive components for today’s curriculum via a six-step model which teaches critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making.

The Future Problem Solving Six-Step Model:

  • Identify challenges related to the topic or Future Scene
  • Select an Underlying Problem
  • Produce solution ideas to the Underlying Problem
  • Generate and select criteria to evaluate solution ideas
  • Evaluate solution ideas
  • Develop an Action Plan

What is Future Problem Solving

Future Problem Solving Program International

Future Problem Solving Components:

FPS provides components to fit the various needs of students in the 21st Century. This interdisciplinary program promotes skills to overcome obstacles or barriers when confronting challenges and developing solutions to social, political, scientific, economic, and technological issues. FPS promotes interpersonal communication, ethical leadership, and responsible group membership through its various components.

In Affiliate Programs and Mentored Regions, competitive components are offered to students in the equivalent of US grades 4-12:

  • Junior (grades 4-6)
  • Middle (grades 7-9)
  • Senior (grades 10-12)
  • *Adult GIPS Teams (beyond high school)