Iowa Future Problem Solving


Iowa Future Problem Solving 

Please do not call the office. Email is the best way to get to us!!

Joyce has moved to Cedar Rapids. Please use the following address for all mailings until further notice!!

                          Iowa FPS
                     c/o Joyce Anderson
                     3322 E Ave NE
                     Cedar Rapids,IA 52402


Iowa Future Problem Solving welcomes you to our website. Future Problem Solving teaches students how to think, not what to think. We use a 6-step problem solving process to engage students in thinking beyond the obvious.

Iowa Future Problem Solving offers several different components which include;

Global Issues Problem Solving-students study several different topics during the school year and apply what they have learned to a Future Scene on the topic using the 6-step problem solving process they have learned. 

Community Problem Solving-students use the problem solving process to tackle an actual problem in their community. They use the 6 steps to refine their goal and actually carry out their action plan.

Scenario Writing-student write a futuristic scenario of no more than 1500 words on one of the 4 topics for the year or the previous year's IC-topic.

Action Based Problem Solving-a classroom-based component. Students learn the 6-step process and as a large group and/or in smaller teams, apply it to the scenario.

Future Problem Solving has four age divisions;                 

Juniors: grades 4-6                                                                                 

Middle: grades 7-9                                                                                

Seniors: grades 10-12

Adults: beyond grade 12


FPSPI has started a new idea to help coaches become better coaches-the FPSPI Association. Information on the Association, its benefits and costs is found at this link 

 Take a look, there are lots of positives to the Association.

2017-18 Topic Order 
Problem # 1   Spread of Infectious Disease 
Problem # 2   Toxic Materials 
Qualifying Problem   Philanthrocapitalism  (NOTE CHANGE!!) 
Affiliate Competition   Cloud Storage


This one-time scholarship for graduating seniors, is presented by the Iowa FPS evaluators, in Jo Petersen’s memory ~


Jo Petersen passed away in April 2016.  Jo started the Talented and Gifted Program at West Monona, Iowa, a position she held for 24 years.  She coached students in Future Problem Solving and evaluated with the Iowa FPS Program and at the International Bowl for many years.  She was a fervent advocate for the Iowa Future Problem Solving Program and she will be remembered as a fine person, teacher and evaluator by all of us who knew her.


The Iowa FPS evaluators decided we would like to honor Jo by donating money for a scholarship in her honor. Her husband, Charles, wanted to have a quilt made from Jo's very large collection of FPS t-shirts and give it to the winner of the scholarship along with a contribution to the scholarship fund. The winner of the scholarship was announced at the Iowa State FPS Bowl this April after applying and being selected by a committee of Iowa FPS evaluators. The winner is Jessica Tse. Jessica is coached by Paula Lawson-Moore and is an outstanding FPSer! Congratulations, Jo would be pleased with your commitment to and love of FPS. Jo's husband, Charles, came to the State Bowl to present the quilt to Jessica. One of Jo's daughters also came. The photo is Charles, Jessica and the beautiful quilt.  

Iowa FPS
> c/o Joyce Anderson
> 3322 E Ave NE
> Cedar Rapids, IA
> 52402

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