Future Problem Solvers (FPS)
Sponsor: Ms. Dennehy
The Future Problem Solvers' six-step model is aligned with National Curriculum Standards and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) standards. Team problem solving provides opportunities for students to meet and exceed these standards as they refine critical and creative thinking skills, focus on one problem area to solve, produce solutions ideas, generate criteria to evaluate solution ideas and determine an action plan to resolve their specific problem. Four member teams or individuals research and investigate topics in three category areas: social and cultural, science and technology, and business and economics.
FPS begins with an imagined future scene based on current trends centered on a given topic. After researching the topic and analyzing the future scene, students employ the six-step FPS model and complete a written booklet, which is later submitted for competitive scoring. Under the guidance of teacher/coaches, teams of four students in grades 4-12 use the FPS six-step model to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems while using creativity and Language Arts learning objectives.
FPS teams and individuals complete two practice problems and one qualifying problem throughout the school year at their local campus. Trained evaluators score the students' work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams on the qualifying problem are invited to the Texas Affiliate FPS Bowl held each April in Austin. The winners of the Texas FPS Bowl advance to the FPSP International Conference in June.