Iowa Future Problem Solving


Iowa Future Problem Solving

Please note: State Bowl date changed to April 5- 6!

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                          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.

Scenario Performance-students present their scenario orally in a one person story-telling format.

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 belonging to the Association.

2018-2019 Topics

Practice problem 1-Mission to Mars and Beyond

Practice problem 2-Drones

Qualifying problem-Food Loss and Waste

State Bowl problem-Coping with Stress

International Bowl problem-To be announced!

COACHES: For info on the topics, check out the FPSPI Facebook page! Friend them and get lots of good stuff!! If you haven't checked the home, do that also.

Coaches: ROCS has been discontinued by the International office. We will not be able to use it for anything this coming year. Registration will have to be by paper. The registration form can be downloaded from the Iowa FPS forms tab above. 

FPSPI International Creating the Future Scholarship applications are due January 25, 2019. Go to for more info!!

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