FPS Competitive Components
Global Issues Problem Solving (Team)
In Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) students in grades 4-12 compete in teams of four to research and problem-solve topics of current relevance in the world. Teams complete two practice problems (optional), which are evaluated and returned with feedback. They then submit a third problem to try to qualify for the competitive State Bowl. Qualifying teams are invited to compete at State for the opportunity to represent Iowa at the annual International FPS competition in June. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NB5CxAUNow&sns=em (fast forward to 2:42)
Global Issues Problem Solving (Individual)
Individual Global Issues Problem Solving is designed to give self-motivated, confident students the opportunity to compete, using the same format as the Team Division but completing shorter booklets independently. This is an ideal option for coaches who have a few extra students who won’t fit evenly onto teams. Individuals complete two practice problems (optional), which are evaluated and returned with feedback, and then submit a third problem to qualify for the competitive State Bowl. Qualifying individuals are invited to compete at State for the opportunity to represent Iowa at the annual International FPS competition in June.
Community Problem Solving (Team or Individual)
In Community Problem Solving (CmPS), teams in grades 4-12 use the FPS process to identify and solve current problems in their own communities. This experience builds hands-on problem solving skills, strengthens analytical skills and leadership ability, and offers many different types of communication opportunities—all while actively involving students in giving back to the community in which they live. Teams spend the year working on the problem they chose, and compete for invitation to the State Bowl and the International competition. Because teams may include 15 or more students, this is an excellent experience for whole classrooms. Individuals are also welcome in Community Problems Solving and will be evaluated separately. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1_QL169aY0&sns=em
Scenario Writing (Individual)
Scenario Writing gives students in grades 4-12 who are interested in creative writing the opportunity to research any of the year’s topics and compose a creative, dramatic, and futuristic scenario. Length of entry is a maximum of 1,500 words. Winning scenarios are chosen to compete at the International competition. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSQePNTiBhI&sns=em
Scenario Performance (Individual)
Scenario Performance (ScP) is for students who enjoy telling stories. Students in grades 4-12 are challenged to create a story that is between 4-5 minute duration, set at least 20 years in the future, and arises from any one of the topics set for Scenario Writing in the FPS year. Submission will take the form of a video file of the student delivering an oral telling of their story, undertaken in one take without any edits. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDpv84hwdzU&sns=em
The State Bowl is held at Central College in Pella, Iowa. This 1 day event is held for the GIPS teams and individuals that have qualified at the Qualifying Bowl and is by invitation only. Students participating in Scenario Writing, Scenario Performance, and Community Problem Solving may also be invited to share their products with the Iowa FPS community.
Teams, individuals, scenario writers, and community problem solvers who qualify for the State Bowl compete for the opportunity to represent Iowa at the International Conference, which will be held in June. At least one team/individual from each level of Global Issues, Community Problem Solving, Scenario Writing, Scenario Performance will move on to compete at the International Conference. This is an exciting opportunity that students will not want to miss, if selected. Iowa students will be among 2,500 students from around the world participating in the competition. For more information about the FPS International Competition, visit www.fpspi.org.