What is FPS?

Future Problem Solving is a nonprofit educational corporation administering creative problem solving activities in Nebraska and all over the world.  It was founded by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance in 1974.

The program, designed for students in grades 4-12:

  • stimulates critical and creative thinking skills,
  • develops higher level thinking skills via the six-step problem solving method
  • encourages students to develop a vision for the future,
  • extends perceptions of the real world,
  • explores complex societal issues,
  • refines communication skills (written, verbal, and technical)
  • prepares students for leadership roles,
  • promotes research,
  • encourages students to make knowledgeable decisions after an investigation of a variety of resources
  • encourages cooperative, responsible group membership
  • engages students in creative problem solving within the curriculum, and
  • provides competitive opportunities.

Future Problem Solving Program Beliefs

  • FPSP is student-centered and action-oriented
  • FPSP prepares students for constructing a positive future
  • FPSP can be applied across the academic curriculum
  • FPSP involves teaching and learning of processes
  • FPSP provides opportunities for students to apply tools and methods to real-life problems
  • FPSP holds a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation

Why participate in Future Problem Solving?

Who participates?

  • Future Problem Solving Program International involves thousands of students annually from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States.
  • FPS is often sponsored by a teacher-coach through a school, but a parent or other volunteer can sponsor a team as well.
  • The list of Nebraska schools participating continues to grow. We’d love for your students to be Future Problem Solvers!

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