Educators today face a unique problem. They require an effective model to teach critical/creative thinking, problem solving, and decision-making while maintaining compatibility with state and national standards. FPS is the solution that meets these needs. FPS can be implemented in the classroom or as an extracurricular activity. Teachers and school advisors can make a lasting impact on their students by bringing the FPS experience into students' education.
FPS encourages students from grades P-12 to become more aware of a diverse range of community and global topics. These include business and economics, science and technology, and social and political concerns affecting our world today. Some of the topics include STEM, Global Citizenship, and HASS issues.
Through competitions, FPS brings lessons to the next level. FPS encourages students to become inquirers, developing an affinity for researching, constructing, and applying complex theories and technologies.
Real world problems are often multi-layered. FPS teaches students to take a step back and examine the bigger picture and understand emerging trends. FPS competition topics, such as nanotechnology, are explored in creative and critical ways to find solutions to global issues. Working in teams, ideas are refined and applied. In competition, students see how others solve the same problem, resulting in an incredible learning experience.
Our Community Problem Solving program enables students to step beyond theory to think about a creative solution to a local problem, execute an action plan, and build on these solutions.
The first step is to determine which learning option(s) you and your students are interested in: Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS), Community Problem Solving (CmPS), Scenario Writing (ScW) or Scenario Performance (ScP).
The FPS coach is typically the person who will register students and receive materials, the teacher or school advisor will often fill this role as well as communicate with FPS. A non-competitive component, Primary Programs, is also offered to allow educators to teach FPS in the classroom to lower primary students without the competition aspect of the program.
Materials are provided via the FPS Secure site to enhance learning of the process and provide support. Learning options handbooks and other helpful resources can be found on the learning option pages. Coach receive access to the pages upon registration.
FPS offers a wide range of educational publications and instructional materials as well as virtual content. Virtual support is available through videos and instructional e-learning experiences.
FPS also offers workshops for coaches and students.
Once registered for the desired learning options, participants starts with practice topics and preliminary project deadlines to support learning through feedback provided by our Evaluators.
Students learn from this iterative process allowing for improvement.
After the practice topics, competitive topics are offered for qualification submissions to the National Finals.
National champions advance to 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.
Your details will be sent to the FPS National Office. We will contact you to discuss your requirements and the options available to commence your schools Future Problems Solving journey.
"Future Problem Solving teaches critical thinking skills, stimulates creativity, encourages development of a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles."