This site was updated on April 30, 2020.
Registration materials for the 2020-21 school year will be available in August.
Parents can be coaches!
A school affiliation is not necessary for FPS participation in Georgia.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING PROGRAM INTERNATIONAL (FPSPI)?
Future Problem Solving is primarily a thinking activity which involves students in both oral and written communication.
The Future Problem Solving Program International engages students in critical thinking and creative problem solving. Founded by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance at the University of Georgia in 1974, FPSPI promotes a six-step problem solving process and encourages students to develop a vision for the future.
The GA FPSP sponsors four different academic competitions for students in grades 4 through 12 during the school year. Global Issues Problem Solving revolves around the six-step problem solving process. Other competitions are Scenario Writing, Scenario Performance, and Community Problem Solving (CmPS). Two other components, Novice and Action-based Problem Solving, are similar to Global Issues Problem Solving but are non-competitive.
Students demonstrate their critical and creative thinking skills through writing (Global Issues, Scenario Writing, Novice, Action-based PS), through speaking (Scenario Performance) and through writing and visual documentation (CmPS). Students participate in FPS through schools (as a curricular or extracurricular activity) or independently. All that is required is an adult sponsor (coach) and a spirit of adventure!
WHY PARTICIPATE IN FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING PROGRAM INTERNATIONAL (FPSPI)?
The Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) is a nonprofit educational corporation administering creative problem solving activities for students in grades K-12. The Georgia Future Problem Solving Program is one of thirty plus FPSP Affiliate programs in the United States, Australia, Korea, Portugal, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and other countries around the world. Annually, over 250,000 students participate in FPS activities.
The FPS six-step model serves as the foundation to building dynamic, creative thinking processes and includes:
1. Identify Challenges Related to the Topic or Future Scene
2. Select an Underlying Problem
3. Produce Solution Ideas to the Underlying Problem
4. Generate and Select Criteria to Evaluate Solution Ideas
5. Evaluate Solution Ideas to Determine the Best Solution
6. Develop the Action Plan for Implementing the Best Solution
Who can participate in Georgia?
Georgia FPSP is open to all students in grades K-12 or equivalent school year levels. Students or teams participate in one of four divisions: primary division – grades K-3, junior division – grades 4-6, middle division – grades 7-9, and senior division – grades 10-12. A school affiliation is not required to participate.