GEORGIA FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING PROGRAM, INC
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Registration forms for 2022-23 are now available.
Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS)
Individuals, or four-member teams, research and apply the six-step FPS process to at least three different topics annually. A future scene – an imagined future based on the selected topic – prompts students to tackle social, scientific, political, economic, or technological issues. Under the guidance of a trained coach, students master the FPS six-step model. Topics researched have included Entertainment, Terrorism/Security, Agriculture of the 21st Century, Depletion of Oceanic Species, Freedom of Speech, Cyber Conflict, Space Junk, etc.
Community Problem Solving
CmPS focuses on real community problems. Individuals or teams explore local, national, or international issues and select a CmPS project of concern to them. Mindful Companions: Senior Well-being during COVID-19 was the project for one individual senior division student in Georgia. During the pandemic, this student developed a virtual program for residents of senior living centers, sharing music, mindfulness training, and opportunities for discussions. This student won 1st place in the senior division CmPS individual competition at the 2021 virtual International Conference.
The requirements for CmPS have been revised beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Students will now be required to submit a project proposal in mid-December, with the report, a portfolio, and a promotional video due in late March.
Scenario Writing (SW)
Encouraging creativity and expressive writing, scenario writing allows an individual writer to create a futuristic short story based on one of the four annual FPSPI topics. Students develop and polish their creative writing skills. FPSPI scenarios are limited to 1500 words and must be placed 20 years in the future.
Scenario Performance (ScP)
This component is for individuals who enjoy story telling. Students create a 4 - 5 minute story set at least 20 years in the future based on one of the four annual FPSPI topics.
Action-based Problem Solving (AbPS)/
These non-competitive components allow teams of any size and any grade level to learn the creative problem solving process as part of the curriculum and apply it to at least two different topics annually. While these target younger students specifically, it is open to all grade levels. Georgia FPSP allows flexible grouping and entry deadlines. The only difference between the two components is that Novice has the futuristic element of Global Issues, and AbPS approaches the topic as it is today. To register for AbPS or Novice, contact Argen Hicks @ firstname.lastname@example.org.