Iowa Future Problem Solving

Iowa Future Problem Solving 

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The 2015 IC which was held at Iowa State appeared to be a great success!!! Thanks to all the wonderful Iowans who helped this happen!! Karen and Deb heard wonderful comments about the lovely ISU campus, the friendly people, great food on campus, nice dorms. Things appeared to go even better than they did last year!! Next year's IC will be at Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan. 

Karen and Deb at IC 2013

                                                           Karen and Deb at IC 2014. We had a great time!!! 

Iowa International Winners!!

Congratulations to the following Iowa coaches for their wins at IC

Paula Lawson-Moore Homeschoolers

Juniors-team GIPS 3rd place

Middles-scenario writer on the first place scenario team, 3rd place GIPS Presentation of Action Plan, 4th place GIPS team competition,International Champs GIPS team competition

Seniors-3rd place GiPS Presentation of Action Plan

Tanya Nicholson-Dike-New Hartford

Senior scenario writer on first place scenario writing team and the Best Senior Scenario Writer

Hollie Weber-Central Lee

Senior MAGIC-3rd GIPS team

FPS Topics for 2015-2016                                                    Postmark Date

Practice Problem 1     Treatment of Animals                        October 22, 2015                              

Practice Problem 2     Disappearing Languages                     December 14, 2015 

Qualifying Problem     Recovering from Natural Disaster       February 11, 2016

State Bowl                 The Global Workplace                        April 15-16, 2016  Iowa State U, Ames

Marianne, Karen, April saying Hi to Cy during the Iowa State Site visit in preparation for Iowa State hosting the FPSPI International Conference.




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 high school-new division as of 2013

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