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

Results of 2016 International Conference are in!!! Go to and click on IC Results banner!!

Here are the trophy winners from Iowa and Iowa's mentored region Turkey. Congrats to all who participated!!

1st place Middle Skits Grace, Lexi, Colin, Hogan, and Maura home-schoolers coached by Paula Lawson-Moore

3rd place Middle MAGIC GIPS team member Nathan a home-schooler coached by Paula

3rd place Adult MAGIC GIPS team member Stacy Hockett-Sherlock from Iowa City (Stacy is a 2nd year coach)

1st place Junior CMPS (Education) team from Turkey

3rd place Senior CMPS (Civic) team from Turkey

1st place Junior Team Scenario Writing team member LiLou coached by Valli Ruggiero from Mid-Prairie CSD

2nd place Middle Team Scenario Writing team member Maria homeschooler coached by Paula Lawson-Moore

1st place Senior Team Scenario Writing team member Maylee homeschooler coached by Paula

1st place Junior Scenario Performance Baris from Turkey

It was great to see Iowa and Turkey so well represented at IC!!!!! 

 Latest Breaking News!!!!! Congratulations to Maylee on her 3rd place win in the International Scenario Writing Competition Senior division!! Maylee is coached by Paula Lawson-Moore. Maylee receives an invitation to IC as one of the top 5 Senior scenario writers in the world!! 

Karen and Deb at IC 2013

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




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.

Here is a great graphic of important dates for Global Issues teams and individuals. I also put it in FPS forms so you can download it and print it. Would be great to give to each student!! PLEASE NOTE--- THE STATE BOWL DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO APRIL 21-22 SINCE THE PREVIOUS DATES WERE EASTER WEEK-END.


Future Problem Solving has four age divisions;                 

Juniors: grades 4-6                                                                                 

Middle: grades 7-9                                                                                

Seniors: grades 10-12

Adults: beyond grade 12

                                                           Topics for school year 2016-2017

Problem # 1 Educational Disparities
Problem # 2 It's All in the Genes
Qualifying Problem  3D Printing
Affiliate Competition  Identity Theft

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 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.


Scholarship Applications are due MARCH 1, 2017.  Winner to be announced May 15, 2017,



Please provide the following information and submit with the requirements listed:


Applicant’s name:

Home phone:

Street Address:

City/zip code:

High School:

Applicant’s preferred email address:

Coach name:



·      2 letters of recommendation, one from a FPS coach and the other from someone who knows the applicant - each totaling no more than 500 words

·      Applicant: applicant’s involvement in FPS

·      Applicant: applicant’s future plans

·      Applicant: one page essay by the applicant on WHAT FPS HAS MEANT FOR ME


Please mail the Cover Sheet, the two letters of recommendation and applicant’s accompanying information to:


Deb Woythal

672 E. State Street

Mason City, IA 50401


Or… email all required documents as attachments to:  Put Jo Petersen Scholarship in the subject line. (preferred method as Deb is in Arizona during the winter)


A committee from the Iowa FPS evaluators will make the final selection for the scholarship.

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

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