Future Problem Solving Program: Global Issues Problem Solving

Ages:Elementary, Middle School, High School

Types:Submission, Presentation

Categories:Environment, General Knowledge, politics & government, Science, STEM

Scope:International

September 11, 2018 Registration Opens

January 15, 2019 Registration Closes

What is FPSPI? Future Problem Solving Program International provides the tools and strategies students need to face the challenges of today and the future. FPSPI is a dynamic international program involving thousands of students annually from around the world. Developed in 1974 by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving (FPS) provides competitive and non-competitive components for today’s curriculum via a six-step model which teaches critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making. Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS): Global Issues Problem Solving is a competitive component of Future Problem Solving which can be accomplished as a team (up to 4) or individual activity in which participants research a series of global topics and learn a six-step creative problem solving process. Problem solvers apply their topic and creative problem solving knowledge to address a charge presented from a Future Scene. Trained evaluators score student work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams and individuals on the Qualifying Problem are invited to continue on to the next level - the Affiliate Competition. The winners of the Affiliate Competitions advance to the Future Problem Solving International Conference in June.

Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) is based on the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process, a powerful process that can be applied to many complex situations in education, business, community, and personal settings. What better way to prepare students than by guiding them to learn in depth about topics of global importance, to systematically address related complex situations, and to evaluate multiple solutions in order to best address the situation through an Action Plan? Those involved in Global Issues Problem Solving practice powerful problem solving skills using critical and creative thinking. Participants improve their communication skills through collaboration and learning to write concisely with a specific focus in mind. The non-fiction/informational text reading skills, writing skills, and teamwork collaboration skills address many academic standards. The 4Cs – collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creative thinking are infused into FPS and strengthened with membership in the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. GIPS teams follow a 6-step process:

  1. Identify challenges
  2. Select an underlying problem
  3. Produce solution ideas
  4. Generate and select criteria
  5. Apply criteria
  6. Develop an action plan.

GIPS booklets are scored by trained evaluators who carefully read and assess the written booklets. Scoring is completed using a rubric-based score sheet, and feedback is provided with suggestions for improvement. Authentic evaluation is completed for each step of the booklet and includes assessment of fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality. Quality teams from the qualifying competition move on to the Affiliate Bowl/National Competition and champion teams and individuals in each division at this level earn invitations to the International Conference competition.
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: http://www.fpspi.org

Managing Organization: Future Problem Solving Program International, Inc.

Contact:

mail@fpspi.org
(321) 768-0074

Entry Fee:

This competition is open to students in Elementary, Middle School, High School.

September 11, 2018 Registration Opens

January 15, 2019 Registration Closes

Overview

What is FPSPI? Future Problem Solving Program International provides the tools and strategies students need to face the challenges of today and the future. FPSPI is a dynamic international program involving thousands of students annually from around the world. Developed in 1974 by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving (FPS) provides competitive and non-competitive components for today’s curriculum via a six-step model which teaches critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making. Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS): Global Issues Problem Solving is a competitive component of Future Problem Solving which can be accomplished as a team (up to 4) or individual activity in which participants research a series of global topics and learn a six-step creative problem solving process. Problem solvers apply their topic and creative problem solving knowledge to address a charge presented from a Future Scene. Trained evaluators score student work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams and individuals on the Qualifying Problem are invited to continue on to the next level - the Affiliate Competition. The winners of the Affiliate Competitions advance to the Future Problem Solving International Conference in June.

Process

Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) is based on the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process, a powerful process that can be applied to many complex situations in education, business, community, and personal settings. What better way to prepare students than by guiding them to learn in depth about topics of global importance, to systematically address related complex situations, and to evaluate multiple solutions in order to best address the situation through an Action Plan? Those involved in Global Issues Problem Solving practice powerful problem solving skills using critical and creative thinking. Participants improve their communication skills through collaboration and learning to write concisely with a specific focus in mind. The non-fiction/informational text reading skills, writing skills, and teamwork collaboration skills address many academic standards. The 4Cs – collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creative thinking are infused into FPS and strengthened with membership in the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. GIPS teams follow a 6-step process:
  1. Identify challenges
  2. Select an underlying problem
  3. Produce solution ideas
  4. Generate and select criteria
  5. Apply criteria
  6. Develop an action plan.

Criteria

GIPS booklets are scored by trained evaluators who carefully read and assess the written booklets. Scoring is completed using a rubric-based score sheet, and feedback is provided with suggestions for improvement. Authentic evaluation is completed for each step of the booklet and includes assessment of fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality. Quality teams from the qualifying competition move on to the Affiliate Bowl/National Competition and champion teams and individuals in each division at this level earn invitations to the International Conference competition.

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: http://www.fpspi.org

Managing Organization: Future Problem Solving Program International, Inc.

Contact:

mail@fpspi.org
(321) 768-0074

Entry Fee:

This competition is open to students in Elementary, Middle School, High School.

Deadlines

September 11, 2018 Registration Opens

January 15, 2019 Registration Closes