Future Problem Solving

Future Problem Solving Results

 Future Problem Solving (FPS) is an extra-curricular activity which encourages our girls to develop team building skills, think critically about global issues and be creative in generating futuristic solutions. This year we had 36 girls competing in three separate FPS competitions and this week I received notification of the girls who have qualified to compete at the National FPS Competition which will be held in Brisbane next month. The girls have worked very hard all year and they have achieved some amazing results.  

The Global Issues Problem Solving teams applied the six-step problem solving process to a futuristic scenario based on the global issue of ‘Food Loss and Waste’ and I am pleased to announce that all of the following GIPS girls have qualified for Nationals. Congratulations girls!

Year 8

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Lucy Johnston Annabelle Garing Maanya Maini Jessica Willathgamuwa
Sophie Mota Maia Collins Luka Swain  
Eloise Rose-Helbert Leila Mangos Esha Arora  
  Isabella Vigers Anika Bharadwaj  
  Georgia Cluff    
  Charlotte Cluff    
  Ella Donlevy    
  Emily Stockwell    

 

The girls will be actively preparing for Nationals over the next few weeks on the topic of ‘Coping with Stress’. In Brisbane they will be competing against the top teams from all over Australia for a place at the International Conference next year at the University of Massachusetts.

The second competition is Community Problem Solving and our Year 10 CmPS team of Sophie Earle, Zoe Redwin, Zara Oong, Vivien Li and Alessia Anderson have developed a project called ‘digiEYES’. They are working on solutions to address the issue of eye strain in young people due to the increasing use of technology. I am pleased to announce that this team also qualified for Nationals. Well done girls! They will be working very hard over the coming months to communicate their solutions in a multi-modal presentation and will be interviewed at Nationals by a panel of evaluators, all of which will determine whether they are invited to the International Competition in the US next year.

Lastly we had one student compete in the Scenario Writing competition which allows students to write creative, futuristic stories based on one of the topics for the year. Leila Mangos from Year 10 wrote an imaginative scenario linked to the topic of ‘Drones’ and in reaching the final round of the Senior Division of the Scenario Writing competition she has also been invited to Nationals. Well done Leila!

Congratulations to all of these girls, they deserve these fantastic results. Thank you also to all our coaches and assistant coaches for their enthusiasm and ongoing commitment to the program. Just a reminder that in Term 4 we run an introductory course for any student who wants to give FPS a go. The girls will receive an email later this term. Thank you.

 

Mrs Robyn Roffey

Future Problem Solving Coordinator