Competitions have been shown to have great impact on content retention, critical thinking skills, and creativity. By basing education in real-world scenarios and challenge-based problem solving, students are given the opportunity to think for themselves, and by doing so, learn more rapidly and efficiently with a focus on their future.

Future Problem Solving students are engaged and excited about learning because of the competition themed structure. The critical thinking and problem solving skills are key tools that students will use throughout their lives. Many alumni of the program attribute the skills learned doing the program to their success in school, college, and professional careers. 


Students learn an essential six step problem solving framework from which to analyze challenge in different scenarios. The program strives to help every student build a foundation of critical thinking tools from which to draw upon as they progress through their academic and professional careers. Participants who compete in teams build life long bonds with their teammates and learn how to work in groups. Additionally, through the various activities of the competition, students also improve their ability to communicate their ideas in both written and spoken forms. These skills are called on by professionals everyday to take on challenges and issues in the real world.

High school NYFPS participants who are preparing for the college application find themselves armed with a wealth of experiences to drawn upon. They draw on the team bonding memories and leadership skills which they have developed as they faced challenges through the competitions. Those who participated in Community Problem Solving component can share the story behind the work they have done in order to better the communities around them. Every year our NYFPS alumni come back with stories about how their experience with the program has placed them in positions for success and enabled them to better take advantage of opportunities in college and beyond. 

If you are a new school and would like to express interest in joining the New York Future Problem Solving Program, please complete the form at the left and we will contact you with more details. 


Please include information regarding the school name, Coach contact information, and school address in the message portion of the form.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Do not fill out this form if your school participated in NYFPS in a previous year. School information carries over from year to year. If you are a new coach for an existing school and would like to participate in NYFPS again this year, please send an e-mail to our Executive Director

To better understand the registration process, please reach out to our Executive Director for more details.

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