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FPS Process

Encourage - Develop - Adapt

The FPS process is a great vehicle to encourage and develop thinking skills to adapt to a changing world. To accomplish this the FPS six step process is implemented.

Six Step FPS Process

  • Identify Challenges related to a topic or future scene
  • Select an Underlying Problem
  • Produce Solution Ideas to Underlying Problem
  • Generate and Select Criteria to Evaluate Solution Ideas
  • Evaluate Solution Ideas to Determine the Best Action Plan
  • Develop the Action Plan

Implementing FPS

There are many ways to implement FPS. These fall into 3 categories; Extra Curricular, In Class and Pull-out. Here are some examples of how Future Problem Solving can be implemented:

  • Junior students meet once a week with the principal, who is their coach.
  • A team of students meets with a parent-coach at her house after school once a week.
  • Junior students meet after school once a week for 90 minutes. On booklet writing days, they start during class time in the mid-afternoon.
  • Students apply for an FPS Social Studies class in grades 6, 7, and 8. The social studies curriculum is compacted and a significant amount of time is spent on Future Problem Solving research.
  • Students in a gifted magnet program participate in the non-competitive program in fourth grade and then in the competitive program in fifth and sixth grades.
  • All 7th grade gifted students are taught FPS in a once a week "pull-together" program. Those interested in continuing on a competitive team work with a coach before and after school and on weekends.
  • Students are introduced to FPS in a middle school English class. The class spends 10 days preparing for each problem, with homework expected.
  • Sixth graders study FPS as part of an integrated curriculum. For each topic, two weeks are spent in science or reading class studying the topic research. Then two weeks are spent in language arts class practicing the process and writing skills.
  • Students apply for a sixth grade FPS class which they take instead of 6th grade reading. In seventh grade FPS is the language arts class.
  • A high school extracurricular group meets with the coach on Saturday mornings.
  • High school students meet with the coach for several 20 minute periods during each week. Students miss parts of classes and are expected to make up the work.
  • High school students take FPS as an every-other-day elective course.
  • In one district, students in all three divisions meet once a week with the coach. Many students participate for several years.

Contact Washington FPS for further information on any of these ideas.

FPS Topics

Each year 5 new topics are selected by the participants, coaches and affiliate directors as the focus for the research done by the participants in the Team and Individual Global Issues Problem Solving and as the theme for the competitive scenarios.

Topics for 2017 - 2018

Practice Problem # 1 -Spread of Infectious Disease
Practice Problem # 2 -Toxic Materials
Qualifying Problem - Philanthrocapitalism
Affiliate Competition - "Cloud" Data Storage Security
IC 2018 - To be announced in the Spring of 2018

For more information about the topics, see the FPSPI web page