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The Future Problem Solving Program teaches students how to think, not what to think!  

The Washington Future Problem Solving Program, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, helps provide opportunities for students to develop 21st Century skills. Our organization was one of the earlier affiliate programs in the 43 year existence of the Future Problem Solving Program International. As a chartered affiliate, the Washington Affiliate provides the infrastructure for young people (grades 4-12) in Washington and mentored regions to participate in the program, and training and material support for the coaches.


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GoFundMe Account for Trophies at 2018 State Bowl

Your help is needed to fund trophies for the winners at 2018 FPS State Bowl. A GoFundMe account has been created to fund these trophies.

Teaching students how to think, not what to think

Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) provides tools and strategies for students needing to face the challenges of today and the future. There are a variety of ways in which students can participate in the FPSPI program through the WA FPS Affiliate.

FPS Competitive Components

Team and Individual Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) - Under guidance of a coach, participants use the FPSPI six-step model to explore, challenge, and propose action plans to complex societal issues. A specific topic is presented, using a "future scene" as a catalyst for generating and focusing ideas. Teams complete two practice problems and one qualifying problem throughout the school year. Trained evaluators score student work and give feedback, including suggestions for improvement. The winner of each level at State advances to the International Conference in June, along with 2,000 students and coaches from around the world.

Scenario Writing (SW) - An FPSPI Scenario is a 1500-word, short story where one possible future outcome is developed through character and plot. Each scenario must have a recognizable relationship to one of this year's FPSPI topics. Individual participants may submit one scenario per academic year. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners may be sent for further evaluation at the international level.

Scenario Performance (ScP) - This was a new component last year. The writer shares the scenario as a storyteller with the story based on one of the topics. The Scenario Performance will be presented and evaluated on Thursday night at the Affiiate Bowl.

Team and Individual Global Issues Problem Solving (CmPS) - CmPS teams and individuals apply problem solving skills to a current problem in their local area. Using the FPSPI six-step problem-solving model, students implement an Action Plan as a part of their CmPS experience.
a Snohomish (WA) team
CmPS project
Teams move from hypothetical issues to real world, authentic concerns. A CmPS team can be composed of as few as one student or up to 50. Projects can span several years, if necessary. State winners are eligible to participate at the International Conference the following year. This can be a significant Service Learning opportunity.