Iowa Future Problem Solving

Iowa Future Problem Solving 

 Iowa to host FPS International Conference in June 11-14, 2015!!

The International FPS Conference will be hosted at Iowa State University in June of 2015. Iowa FPS is very excited to have this honor!!!! Karen and Deb will be working closely with the ISU Event Planners, Julie and Megan, and with the FPSPI Director, Marianne, to host the BEST IC ever!! Stayed tuned for further developments!! See you at IC!!

The 2014 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. One person even told Karen "I didn't know Iowa was going to be like this!" I'm not sure what she meant by that but I took it as a compliment since she appeared very happy when she said it!!

Iowa International Winners!!

Congratulations to the following Iowa coaches for their wins at IC

Paula Lawson-Moore-Middle team 1st in skits

Hollie Weber-Senior team 5th in skits, 6th place senior individual

Iowa State FPS Bowl Winners and Invitations to the International Conference!! Teams/Individuals with an * by their name are invited to International!! The name listed is the coach. I don't put student names online.

Global Issues Problem Solving                                                                            Skits

Juniors                                                                                                             Juniors

1st *Northfield Elementary/Teresa Schaeckenbach                                              1st West Elementary Independence/Jackie Berryhill

2nd *Southwood Elementary/Jamie Snyder                                                          2nd Oak Hill Elementary/ Sheila Tu

3rd Oak Hill Elementary/Sheila Tu                                                                       3rd Union/Vada Elliott

4th Edward White Elementary/Neala Arnold                                                        4th Southwood Elementary/Jamie Snyder

5th Ft Madison Middle School/Sonya Sirois                                                           5th East Buchanan/Kim Bockenstedt

6th Ft Madison Middle School/Connie Boyer                                                         6th Corse Elementary/Sue Weinbeck & Terri Van Hagen

                                                                                                         Best use of the impromptu prop; Ft Madison/Connie Boyer

Middles                                                                                                              Middles

1st * Northfield Middle School/Mark & Gretchen Brown                                        1st St Theresa/Terri Siembieda

2nd *Northfield Middle School/Anne Lamansky                                                     2nd Southfield Middle School/Nancy Nus

3rd Southwood Middle School/Nancy Nus                                                             3rd Northfield Middle School/ Mark & Gretchen Brown 

4th Union High School/Vada Elliott                                                                      4th Union/Vada Elliott

5th North Scott Junior High/ Heidi Redmond                                                        5th Northfield Middle School/Anne Lamansky

6th Ft Madison Middle School/Connie Boyer                                                          6th Sanborn Christian/Ashley Henry

                                                                                                        Best use of the impromptu prop; Northfield/Mark & Gretchen Brown

Seniors                                                                                                                Seniors

1st *Oak Hill High School/Tom Rowland                                                                 1st Northfield/Anne Lamansky

2nd *Northfield High School/Anne Lamansky                                                          2nd Central Lee/Hollie Weber

3rd *Southwood High School/Jamie Snyder                                                            3rd Southwood/Jamie Snyder

4th *North Scott High School/Heidi Redmond                                                         4th Oak Hill/Tom Rowland        

5th *Central Lee High School/Hollie Weber                                                            5th Central Lee/Hollie Weber

6th Nashua Plainfield High School/Suzy Turner                                                       6th Union/Vada Elliott

                                                                                                        Best use of the impromptu prop; Union/Vada Elliott

Individual GIPS

Middle                                                                                                                 Senior                                               

1st *Davidison Academy/ Hollie Weber                                                                  1st *Home Schooled/Paula Lawson-Moore

2nd *Ft. Madison/Connie Boyer                                                                             2nd *Bishop Manogue High School/Hollie Weber

3rd *Home Schooled/Paula Lawson-Moore                                                             3rd *Iowa Mennonite High School/Paula Lawson-Moore

                                                                                                                           4th Union High School/Vada Elliott

                                                                                                                           5th Perry Hall High School/Prasana Butchireddygari

Scenario Writing  1st and 2nd place got an automatic invitation to IC, the others listed here were sent to International for further judging for a possible IC invitation.


1st *West Burlington/Kathy Henderson

2nd *West Burlington/Kathy Henderson

3rd Northwood-Kensett/Deborah Nagle


1st *Home School/Paula Lawson-Moore

2nd *North Scott/Heidi Redmond

3rd Home School/Ruth Berger

4th Home School/Paula Lawson-Moore


1st *North Scott/Heidi Redmond

2nd *North Scott/Heidi Redmond

3rd Home School/Paula Lawson-Moore

4th Meskawki Settlement School/Mary Fitzgerald

Community Problem Solving Individual

1st * Burlington High School/Sara St. John

A HUGE congratulations to all participants at State!!!! I had a great time and hope you did also!

FPS Topics for 2013-2014                                         Postmark Date

Practice Problem 1     Impact of Social Media           October 10, 2014                              

Practice Problem 2     Processed Foods                     December 5, 2014 

Qualifying Problem     Propaganda                            February 13, 2015

State Bowl                 Enhancing Human Potential     April 17-18, 2015  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;                  Congratulations to Maylee, homeschooled from the Iowa City 

Juniors: grades 4-6                                                                               area, for her second place winning song in FPSPI's song     

Middle: grades 7-9                                                                                competition!!!

Seniors: grades 10-12

Adults: beyond high school-new division as of 2013


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