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2017 Future Problem Solving WA State Affiliate Bowl Competition


From Wednesday 4/19/17 to Friday 4/21/17, around 300 students from across the state took part in the Washington State Affiliate Bowl for the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI, or FPS).

Remarks were made by the FPSPI Executive Director Marianne Solomon,

“This week, April 19-21, the Washington State Future Problem Solving State Competition was held in Stanwood, Washington at Warm Beach Conference Center. It was another successful event with well over 300 students, coaches, evaluators and parent volunteers in attendance.
This year, we were very fortunate to be able to invite the FPS International Executive Director, Marianne Solomon, and the GIPS Evaluator Coordinator, Vicki Stein to join us. They flew in from the head office in Melbourne, Florida, to help coordinate the State Competition as Barb Sailors, who usually runs the event, was not able to be present as she was recovering from surgery.”

Future Problem Solving is composed of four major competitions: Global Issues Problem Solving (for teams or individuals), Scenario Writing, Scenario Performance, and Community Problem Solving. The first three occurred at the Affiliate, or State Bowl.

Global Issues Problem Solving

Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) is a competitive component of FPSPI which can be accomplished as a team of 4 or as an individual in which participants research a series of global topics and learn a six-step creative problem solving process. Problem solvers apply their topic and creative problem solving knowledge to address a charge presented in an imagined situation, termed Future Scene.

Trained evaluators score student work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams and individuals on the qualifying problem are invited to Affiliate FPS Competitions. The winners of each respective Affiliate FPS Competition advance to the FPSP International Conference in June. You can see an example test here: http://www.fpspi.org/pdf/Components/tj-05.pdf  (Source FPSPI.org)

Scenario Writing

Scenario Writing is competition in which individuals (grades 4 – 12) develop short stories related to one of five FPS topics for the year. The story (1500 words or less) is set at least 20 years in the future and is an imagined, but logical, outcome of actions or events taking place in the world today. The first place winner in each Affiliate Program is invited to the FPSP International Conference. You can view a sample scenario here: http://www.fpspi.org/pdf/components/Md%20Scen%202016.pdf (Source: FPSPI.org)

Scenario Performance

Scenario Performance (ScP) is for students who enjoy telling stories. This option is ideally suited to students who show thinking abilities in different ways – particularly for those whose cultural heritage and/or learning styles prefer oral communication.

Scenario Performances are connected to the annual FPSPI Scenario Writing topics as participants develop futuristic stories to present in a creative and entertaining manner. The stories do not have to be written, rather they are performed!

Students are challenged to create a story that is between 4-5 minute duration, set at least 20 years in the future, and arises from any one of the topics set for Scenario Writing in the FPS year. Submission will take the form of a video file of the student delivering an oral telling of their story, undertaken in one take without any edits. The use of any props or aids, beyond the use of their voice, is forbidden. You can watch a sample performance here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=QwRwZSfk-3w

 

The competition

After school on Wednesday, Odle students departed to the competition. Many were still cramming in last-minute study for the test on Thursday morning. The topic they were researching was Identity Theft.

On Thursday, scenario performers delivered their presentations, while teams and individuals competing in GIPS completed the 2-hour contest booklet. Many students felt jublilant after the grueling two-hour exam going to lunch. “It was a difficult but fun and rewarding experience,” said one competitor.

The results

For full results, check the Washington FPS Facebook page.

Global Issues Problem Solving (Team)

Junior (Grade 4-6):
  1. Linh Tran, Claire King, Eunice Lee, Annie Zhao (Independent; Coach Ping Ping Meng)
  2. Lola Bultsma, Lillian McCall, Paili Airth, Barrett Cerenzia (Fairhaven Middle School; Coach Mr. Finley and Melissa Cornelsen)
  3. Lydia Fletcher, Jason Roth, Lauren McCurry, Sam Lepse (Dutch Hill Elementary; Coach Zan Peterson-Moens)
Middle (Grade 7-9):
  1. Abhinav Bhandari, Ben Kravtwald, Aaron Wu, Derek Zhang (Interlake High School; Coach Jerrica Montalvo-Lopez)
  2. Diane Park, Anna Sophia Flanagan, Eli Bunn, Clara Kelly (Fairhaven Middle School; Coach Melissa Cornelsen)
  3. Tori King, Sophia Navelaux, Aiden Rivinius, Maya Cornwell (Fairhaven Middle School; Coach Melissa Cornelsen)
Senior (Grade 10-12):
  1. Nathan Chen, David Hwang, Andrew Xue, Jerry Xu (Interlake High School; Coach Jerrica Montalvo-Lopez)
  2. Anne Lim, Betty Hou, Glen Oh, Jay Yang (Independent-Team Problem; Coach Shirley Lim)
  3. Vivian Ma, Bridget Ma, Anushri Ramanath, Joshua Lai (Interlake High School; Coach Jerrica Montalvo-Lopez)

Global Issues Problem Solving (Individual)

Junior (Grade 4-6):
  1. Prisha Hdemani (Spiritridge Elementary; Coach Michelle Gordon)
Middle (Grade 7-9):
  1. (tied for 1st) Ronit Jain (Interlake High School; Coach Jerrica Montalvo-Lopez
  2. (tied for 1st) Neil Chowdhury (Odle Middle School; Coach Debby Benzinger and Claire Elliott)
  3. Emily Feng (Odle Middle School; Coach Debby Benzinger and Claire Elliott)
Senior (Grade 10-12):
  1. Aditya Kannan (Interlake High School; Coach Jerrica Montalvo-Lopez)
  2. Surtaz Khan (Interlake High School; Coach Jerrica Montalvo-Lopez)
  3. Eshika Saxena (Interlake High School; Coach Jerrica Montalvo-Lopez)

Scenario Performance

Junior (Grade 4-6):
  1. Sidhya Ganesh (Spiritridge Elementary; Coach Michelle Gordon and Sally Lambert)
  2. Joy An (Odle Middle School; Coach Debby Benzinger and Claire Elliot)
  3. Airah Virani (Spiritridge Elementary; Coach Michelle Gordon and Sally Lambert)
Middle (Grade 7-9):
  1. Harvin Park (Odle Middle School; Coach Debby Benzinger and Claire Elliot)
  2. Anshita Saini (Odle Middle School; Coach Debby Benzinger and Claire Elliot)

 

 

Winning students moved on to the International Conference, where they will tackle the topic of Biosecurity.

Future Problem Solving is a fun and challenging competition for students of all ages. We encourage you to try it out next year.