Global Issues Problem Solving

Under the guidance of a teacher/coaches, teams of four students in grades 4-12 use the FPSP problem solving model to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems, such as fads, financial security, amateur sports, the internet and genetic engineering

Teams are divided into four divisions:

Grades 4 - 6 (Junior)
Grades 7 - 9 (Middle)
Grades 10 - 12 (Senior)
Post High School (Adult)

Teams complete two practice problems and one qualifying problem throughout the school year. Trained evaluators score student work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams on the qualifying problem are invited to Affiliate FPS Bowls held each spring. The winners of each respective Affiliate FPS Bowl usually advance to the FPSP International Conference in June.

Individual Global Issues Problem Solving

Individual competition is offered in Affiliate Programs choosing to administer an individual program. A student works individually rather than as a member of a team. 

Community Problem Solving (CmPS)

Teams apply their FPS skills to real problems in their community. A community problem identified by students that exists within the school, local community, region, state or nation. Implementation of the action plan is included in this component. Teams and individuals move from hypothetical issues to real world, authentic concerns. The top Community Problem Solving Team projects may be invited to the FPSP International Conference in June. 

Scenario Writing

Students compose futuristic short stories (1,500 words or less) related to one of the current year's topics. The first place winner may be invited to the FPSP International Conference.

Additionally, Colorado will submit its top three essays in each division to the International Scenario Writing Competition.

Action-Based Problem Solving

This year-long, non-competitive component is designed for use in the classroom and introduces students to the skills of creative problem solving in a hands-on, non-threatening manner. Students are encouraged to work on two topics, one per semester. Two divisions are offered: Primary (grades K-3) and Junior (grades 3-6).

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