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Future Problem Solvers

Future Problem Solving is a program which teaches critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making while promoting workplace skills such as team building, coming to a consensus, and those of leadership. FPS meets standards for curriculum and instruction across disciplines.

More information can be found at www.vafps.org.

Three of the Future Problem Solving Program opportunities exist at the high school:

FPS Team Competition: 
Teams consisting of four students begin by researching the topic and analyzing the future scene. Next they employ the six-step FPS model where they demonstrate critical, creative, and futuristic thinking. In the fall, students work through two practice problems and receive feedback from trained evaluators. During the winter, students research and prepare for the qualifying problem. Qualifying teams earn invitations to the State Bowl held in the spring. First place state winners earn the right to compete at the International Competition held in June. This year students in grades 9, 10, and 11 Honors English formed teams.

FPS Individual Competition: 
Individuals compete against other individuals using the same 6 Step Process as teams. Individuals are given the same amount of time, but the expected number of responses is less. This year we have individuals competing in grades 10 and 11.

FPS Scenario Writing: 
Students with an interest in writing are involved in this aspect of FPS. A scenario is a short story in which one possible outcome of the future is developed through character(s) and plot. It is a prediction of the future and is written as though the future were the present. Students across all four grade levels are involved in scenario writing.

FPS Community Problem Solving:
Students have the opportunity to participate in Community Problem Solving which is available through the Emerging Leaders elective course.  Students in this class identify and area of need in their community and use the six step problem solving process to solve it.  Information, ideas and results are presented in a project for consideration for state and international competition.