Georgia Future Problem Solving Program

Winning Groups 2021

47th Year

SCENARIO WRITING

Students write a 1,500 word short, short story set in the future about one of the topics. The * means the scenario was entered into the International Scenario Writing Competition.  The first place winners in each division received invitations to compete in the 2021 virtual International Conference.

 

Junior Division

 

First Place             STEM Academy @ Bartlett, Savannah; Title: Adventure to the Bottom of the Ocean; Topic:  Human Environmental Impact

 

Middle Division

 

First Place             Lyerly Elementary School, Lyerly; Title: When They Gain a Mind of Their Own, They Gain Independence; Topic: Wearable Technology

 

Senior Division

 

First Place*             Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Lawrenceville; Title:  Mindfully Terraforming; Topic: Terraforming

 

COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING

CmPS projects in GA consist of a written report, a planning timeline, an addendum, and a scrapbook.  These students were invited to compete at the International Conference.

Junior Division Team First Place:  Sub Savers, Thomas County Middle School, Thomasville.  Students tackled the issue of substitute teachers not having the technology training to run classes during this year of COVID-19.  The team created a form for teachers to use to provide substitutes with technology information and to identify a "tech guru" in the class who could help.

Senior Division Individual First Place: Mindful Companions:  Senior Well-being During Covid-19, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Lawrenceville.  The aim of this project was to work with residents of senior centers who have limited mobility during the pandemic.  Through interactive video conferencing and other means, the student training the residents in mindful skills to help them deal with the anxiety and frustration of the pandemic.

 

GLOBAL ISSUES PROBLEM SOLVING

Students produced a written booklet following the six step process in response to a future scene set in 2042 about the topic of personalized medicine The * indicates the students were invited to compete at the International Conference.

 

GLOBAL ISSUES TEAM

Junior Division

 

First Place             Augusta Nighthawks, Augusta**

                                   

Second Place         North Columbia Elementary School, Appling**

           

Third Place            Parkway Elementary School, Evans

 

Middle Division

 

First Place             Lyerly Elementary School, Lyerly**

                                   

Second Place         Lyerly Elementary School, Lyerly

 

Third Place            Summerville Middle School, Summerville

 

Senior Division

 

First Place             Georgia-Maryland team, Augusta, GA and Poolesville, MD**

                                   

Second Place         North Oconee High School, Bogart**

 

GLOBAL ISSUES INDIVIDUAL

 

The ** indicates the student was invited to compete at the International Conference.  The second and third place individuals have been invited to participate in the International Conference virtual MAGIC competition in August

 

Junior Division

 

First Place**            Independent competitor, Martinez

 

Second Place          North Columbia Elementary School, Appling

                                   

Third Place             Parkway Elementary School, Evans

  

Middle Division

 

First Place**             Chattooga High School, Summerville

                                  

Second Place**         Summerville Middle School, Summerville

 

Third Place                Lyerly Elementary School, Lyerly

 

Senior Division

 

First Place**            Chattooga County High School, Summerville

 

ACTION PLAN

 

This is a separate award for the written Step 6 Action Plan.  It is judged on:

  • Impact of the Plan on the future scene charge

  • Creativity/innovative ideas

  • Effectiveness of the Plan in solving the Underlying Problem

  • Futuristic ideas

  • Thoroughness of the Plan

 

Team Action Plan

Junior Division

 

First Place               Augusta Nighthawks, Augusta

Second Place          North Columbia Elementary School, Appling

 

Third Place             Parkway Elementary School, Evans

 

Middle Division

 

First Place               Lyerly Elementary School, Lyerly

 

Second Place          Summerville Middle School, Summerville

 

Third Place             Lyerly Elementary School, Lyerly

 

Senior Division

First Place               Georgia-Maryland team, Augusta, GA and Poolesville, MD

 

Second Place           North Oconee High School, Bogart

Individual Action Plan

Junior Division

First Place              Independent competitor, Martinez

Second Place          Parkway Elementary School, Evans

Third Place             Parkway Elementary School, Evans

Middle Division

First Place              Chattooga High School, Summerville

Second Place          Summerville Middle School, Summerville

Third Place             Lyerly Elementary School, Lyerly

Senior Division

First Place              Chattooga High School, Summerville

 

TEAM PRESENTATION OF ACTION PLAN

 

This is an award for the “skit” GIPS teams create based on the Step 6 Action Plan from their booklet.  Thank you to these teams who managed to get together in-person or virtually to video some kind of presentation about their Action Plans!  

 

Junior Division

 

First Place              Augusta Nighthawks, Augusta

                                   

Second Place         North Columbia Elementary School, Appling

                                   

Middle Division

 

First Place              Lyerly Elementary School, Lyerly

Second Place          Summerville Elementary School, Summerville

 

Senior Division

 

First Place              North Oconee High School, Bogart

Second Place          Georgia-Maryland team, Augusta, GA and Poolesville, MD

Creative CAT Award      

 

This award is based on work students do on the Qualifying Problem.  CAT stands for Creativity Augments Thinking and is awarded to the team(s) whose creativity stood out on the Qualifying Problem.  Dr. E. Paul Torrance, the founder of Future Problem Solving, was a leading creativity expert and loved cats.  This award honors his legacy.

 

To our senior division state bowl competitors:

Georgia-Maryland team, Augusta, GA and Poolesville, MD

North Oconee High School, Bogart

 

The GA FPSP Coach Perseverance Award was presented to all coaches this year!