WA FPS helps provide opportunities for students to develop creative problem solving skills in a positive atmosphere
The Washington Future Problem Solving Program, a 501 (C) 3 not for profit organization, was one of the earlier affiliate programs in the 42 year existence of the Future Problem Solving Program International. As a chartered affiliate, the Washington Affiliate provides the infrastructure for young people (grades K-12) in Washington and mentored regions to participate in the program and training and material support for the coaches.
Teaching students how to think, not what to think
Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) provides tools and strategies for students needing to face the challenges of today and the future. There are a variety of ways in which students can participate in the FPSPI program through the WA FPS Affiliate.
Team and Individual Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) - Under guidance of a coach, participants use FPSPI
six-step model to explore challenge and propose action plans to complex societal issues. A specific topic is
presented, using a "future scene" as catalyst for generating and focusing ideas. Teams complete two practice
problems and one qualifying problem throughout school year. Trained evaluators score student work and give
feedback, including suggestions for improvement. Winner of each level at State advance to International Conference in June, along with 2000 students and coaches from throughout the world.
Scenario Writing (SW) - FPSPI Scenario is a 1500 word, short story where one possible future outcome is developed through character and plot. Each scenario must have recognizable relationship to one of this year's FPSPI topics. Individual participants may submit one scenario per academic year. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners are sent for further evaluation at the international level.
Scenario Performance (ScP) - is a new component this year. In this component, the writer shares the scenario as a storyteller with the story based on one of the topics. The Scenario Performance will be presented and evaluated at the opening night of the Affiiate Bowl.
Team and Individual Global Issues Problem Solving (CmPS) - CmPS teams and individuals apply problem solving
a Snohomish (WA) team
CmPS projectskills to a current problem in their local area. Using FPSPI six step problem-solving model, students implement an Action Plane as a part of their CmPS experience. Teams move from hypothetical issues to real world, authentic concerns. CmPS team can be composed of as few as one student or up to 50. Projects can span several years, if necessary. State winners are eligible to participate at International Conference the following year. This can be a significant Service Learning opportunity.