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.
By adding the FPS experience into students' education, educators make a lasting impact on their students' lives. The skills learnt are transferable to other subjects, university, and employment.
FPS can be implemented in the classroom or as an extracurricular activity.
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, examine the bigger picture, and understand emerging trends.
Through the use of the six-step process, ideas are refined and applied. Repeated use of the problem-solving framework develops a student's ability to identify relevant problems confidently and provide real solutions and action plans to solve a problem effectively.
The FPS programs allow students to practice powerful problem-solving skills that engage their critical and creative thinking.
Through competitions, FPS brings lessons to the next level. 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 program(s) you, the FPS coach, and your students would like to participate: Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS), Community Problem Solving (CmPS), Scenario Writing (ScW) or Scenario Performance (ScP).
You then register your school participation by selecting the program, division and quantity. You should also head to the publications page to purchase the recommended publications for your program.
A non-competitive component, Primary Programs, is also offered to allow you to teach FPS in the classroom to lower primary students without the competition aspect of the program.
Teaching materials are provided via the FPS Secure site to enhance the learning of the six-step process and provide support. Learning options handbooks and other helpful resources can be found on the learning option pages. Coaches receive access to these pages upon registration.
FPS offers a wide range of educational publications, instructional materials, and virtual content. Virtual support is available through videos and e-learning experiences.
FPS also offers workshops for coaches and students.
Once registered in the desired program, Educators start teaching the FPS process to their students, and they practice using the FPS topics and preliminary project deadlines to support learning through feedback from our Evaluators.
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.
"Future Problem Solving develops critical thinking skills, stimulates creativity, encourages the development of a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles."
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 school's Future Problems Solving journey.