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Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS)
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. Teams explore local, national, or international issues and select a CmPS project from environmental concerns, human services, civic/cultural issues, health, or education concerns. “Books and Bears” was a project for one team of middle grade students in Georgia. After Hurricane Katrina, they learned of a school in Mississippi whose library had been flooded. They sent over 1,000 books (including some they had written themselves) to the school and added their own personal touch to the project by sending over 300 stuffed animals to the youngest students in the school.
Encouraging creativity and expressive writing, scenario writing allows an individual writer to create a futuristic short story based on one of the five 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.
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.
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 any one of the topics set for Scenario Writing in the FPS year.