Published on: 25 October 2018
Six Year 6 boys from our Preparatory School have just returned following a weekend at the National Finals of the Future Problem-Solving Program hosted in Melbourne, Victoria.
This year’s event, which also happened to celebrate FPS Program Australia’s 29th Anniversary, saw students from across the nation compete on topics such as Global Issues, Community Problem Solving, Scenario Writing and Scenario Performance.
The final results were:
- 2nd place – Jeremiah Wang (MAGIC competition)
- 3rd place – Dilan Baskaranathan (MAGIC competition)
- 4th place – Jeremiah Wang, Dilan Baskaranathan, Matthew Bennett, Oliver Corcoran, Sean Marshall and Hugo Maxted (Skit Performance Competition)
- 5th place – Matthew Bennett, Oliver Corcoran, Sean Marshall and Hugo Maxted (Global Issues Problem Solving Competition)
Co-ordinator of the Centre for Excellence, Mrs Victoria Wisker said, “Overall, it was a wonderful performance from all our boys who used critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems of the future.”
“FPS challenges students to use their imagination in applying research and advanced thinking strategies to the resolution of issues. Importantly, the program challenges students to apply their minds to some of the significant issues facing the world of today and the future, equipping them with the vision, skills and tools to design and promote positive futures for the society in which they live.”
Some of the feedback from the recent trip included:
- “The FPS nationals tour was an eye opener as we saw the comparison between different states within a multicultural country. It was an action packed and exciting trip which will be embedded in my mind forever.” Jeremiah Wang
- “For me, the Future Problem-Solving National Finals in Melbourne was a blast! It was awesome to be in a team of four and complete a GIPS (Global Issues Problem Solving) booklet with my friends.” Matthew Bennett
- “The trip was a fun and exciting experience for all, including meeting new friends, having fun with our skit and getting to know each other.” Oliver Corcoran
FPS is an international educational program open to students of all ages, focusing on the development of critical, creative and futuristic thinking skills.