Our Competition Components

We offer four general types of competition. Each component has three divisions for participants of different age groups to ensure fair competition. Some components allow for individual and team competitors. Please explore the different components below:

GLOBAL ISSUES PROBLEM SOLVING (GIPS)
Team and Individual

Team:

 

Under the guidance of a coach or coaches, teams of four participants in Grades 4-12 use the FPS six-step model to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems. Topics are selected by the vote of participants and coaches. Some past topics include cyber crime, counterfeit economy, and orbital junk.

 
Participants are divided into three divisions:
Grades 4 - 6 (Junior Division)
Grades 7 - 9 (Middle Division)
Grades 10 - 12 (Senior Division)

Teams 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 on the qualifying problem will be invited to compete and go to the state conference. The winners in each division will advance to the FPSP International Conference in June.

 

Individual:

 

A student may decide to compete individually rather than as a member of a team. An individual completes all six steps when preparing a booklet, the work load is reduced for some steps. Participants 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 Individual competition is also divided into the above three divisions. The top scoring individualss on the qualifying problem will be invited to compete and go to the state conference. The winners in each division will advance to the FPSP International Conference in June. 

COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING (CmPS)
Team and Individual

Teams and individuals 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 action plan is included in this component. Teams move from hypothetical issues to real world, authentic concerns.
 
Participants are divided into three divisions:
Grades 4 - 6 (Junior Division)
Grades 7 - 9 (Middle Division)
Grades 10 - 12 (Senior Division)
 
The top Community Problem Solving team and individual projects are invited to the state conference and FPSP International Conference in June.

Scenario Writing
Individual

Students compose futuristic short stories (1,500 words or less) related to one of the current year's topics. 

 

Participants are divided into three divisions:
Grades 4 - 6 (Junior Division)
Grades 7 - 9 (Middle Division)
Grades 10 - 12 (Senior Division)

 

The first place winner in each division is invited to the FPSP International Conference. Additionally, the top three essays are entered in the International Scenario Writing Competition.

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