Programs Offered

Within Future Problem Solving (FPS), students can participate in the following categories:

1. Global Issues Team Problem Solving
2. Global Issues Individual Problem Solving
3. Community Problem Solving
4. Scenario Writing

Global Issues Team Problem Solving

Under the guidance of a teacher/coach, students use the FPS Six Step Model to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems. Some of the past topics include Charity giving, Cultural Prejudice, Caring for our Elders, and Privacy. Most students compete in three to four person teams.

  • Junior Division: Grades 4-6
  • Middle Division: Grades 7-9
  • Senior Division: Grades 10-12

Students complete two practice problems and one qualifying problem throughout the school year. Trained evaluators score student work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams and individuals on the qualifying problem are invited to the State Bowl competition held each April. The top two winners in each division then go on to compete at the International Conference in June.

Global Issues Individual Problem Solving

The Global Issues Problem Solving component is also available to Individuals who will compete alone. They follow the same six-steps, but are only required to write eight challenges and eight solutions!

Community Problem Solving (CmPS)

Teams apply their FPS skills to real problems in their community. A community problem is a problem that exists within the school, local community, region, state or nation. Implementation of the student’s action plan is included in this component. Teams move from hypothetical issues to real world, authentic concerns. Teams may include any number of students and are divided into three divisions based on grade level. The top Community Problem Solving Team projects are invited to the FPSP International Conference in June.

Scenario Writing

The scenario writing competition gives students the opportunity to explore the future on an individual basis. Students research one of the five competitive program topics and prepare a short story of 1,500 words or less that is set a minimum of 20 years in the future. Scenarios must be related to one of the future problem solving topics but writers do not need to be members of a problem solving team. The first place winner in each division is submitted to FPSP International to be evaluated in the International Scenario Writing Competition.

For more information on any of our program offerings, including specific forms and guidelines, contact Melissa at the Nebraska FPS Office.  As a registered coach for the Nebraska FPS program, you can access coach-only material on the password-protected areas of this website.

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