Future Problem Solving

Future Problem Solving Results

This year we had 28 students from Years 8-11 meeting weekly for Future Problem Solving training on a variety of days and we are very excited to announce some results.

We had seven teams and one individual competing in the Global Issues Booklet Program where the girls apply the six-step problem solving process to a futuristic scenario based on a global issue. All students worked very hard and they achieved some great results in their practice booklets on the topics of ‘Spread of Infectious Disease’ and ‘Toxic Materials’. The qualifying topic was ‘Philanthrocapitalism’ and I am pleased to announce that one of our Year 10 teams qualified for Nationals which will be held next month at Nossal High School in Victoria. Congratulations to Anika Bharadwaj, Maanya Maini, Luka Swain and Esha Arora and their coaches Ms Calleya-Jones, Ms Pezzi and Ms Prees. The girls are busy preparing for Nationals on the topic of ‘Cloud Storage’ and will be competing against the top teams in Australia.

We also had one student compete in the Scenario Writing Competition where students are asked to write a futuristic narrative on one of the topics for 2018. Isabella Mincher from Year 11 developed a futuristic story ‘Not for Profit’ based on the topic of ‘Philanthrocapitalism’ and I am very excited to announce that Isabella placed first in Australia in the Senior Division. This is a great achievement. Isabella will also be attending Nationals to receive her award and to compete in a group scenario writing competition. Her original story will automatically be entered into the International Competition against all the top stories in the world and she will receive an invitation to the International Conference next year in the USA.

Future Problem Solving is a wonderful extra-curricular activity which encourages the girls to develop team building skills, think critically about global issues and be creative in generating futuristic solutions. If your daughter is interested in finding out more about FPS, I will be running an introductory course in Term 4. This is for Year 7 students plus others students who are new to FPS. Students will then be offered the opportunity to be a part of the program in 2019. I will be sending out information about this soon.

Congratulations again to all students for their efforts this year and to all our coaches for their ongoing commitment to the program. These are Mr Tyler, Mrs Rhone, Mrs Flo Calleya-Jones, Mrs Sonia Prees, Ms Erinn McMahon, Ms Michela Pezzi, Ms Hannah Lorizio and Ms Simonetta Cesamolo and our student coaches Swetha Kumar, Isabella Greenhalgh, Charlotte Greenhalgh, Maanya Maini, Nitasha Dewan, Akshara Yogesvaran and Anna Hanselmann.

 

Ms Robyn Roffey

Future Problem Solving Coordinator