Global Issues Problem Solving

Global Issues Problem Solving

The Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) provides the tools and strategies students need to face the challenges of today and the future. FPSPI is the perfect vehicle to encourage and develop the thinking skills necessary to adapt to a changing world. FPSPI teaches students to think critically, creatively, and futuristically.

The Future Problem Solving Program’s six-step model is aligned with National Curriculum Standards and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Standards. Team problem solving provides opportunities for students to meet and exceed these standards as they refine critical and creative thinking skills, focus on one problem area to solve, produce solution ideas, generate criteria to evaluate solution ideas and determine an action plan to resolve their specific problem. Four member teams research and investigate topics in three category areas: social and cultural, science and technology, and business and economics.

Global Issues Problem Solving begins with an imagined future scene based on current trends centered on a given topic. After researching the topic and analyzing the future scene, students employ the six-step FPS model and complete a written booklet, which is later submitted for competitive scoring. Under the guidance of teacher/coaches, teams of four students in grades 4-12 use the FPSP six-step model to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems while using creativity and Language Arts learning objectives.

FPS teams complete two practice problems and one qualifying problem throughout the school year at their local campus. Trained evaluators score the students’ work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams on the qualifying problem are invited to the Texas Affiliate FPS Bowl held each April in Austin. The winners of the FPS Bowl advance to the FPSP International Conference in June.


2019-2020 Topics


Competition Topic
Practice Problem 1 International Travel
Practice Problem 2 Sleep Patterns
State Bowl Qualifier  Living in Poverty
State Bowl Topic Gamification
International Topic TBA in Spring


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