Dublin students headed to International FPS competition


May 3, 2019

DUBLIN – Two Dublin Intermediate students have qualified for the Future Problem Solvers International competition at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA from June 5-9.

Dublin ISD has a long history of success with FPS having had several students qualify and place at the international level both on the High School and Intermediate levels.  This year coaches Teri White and Celinda Jurney qualified 25 students to the FPS State Competition.

NavaLee White (parents are Anna Rodriguez and Daniel White) and Keylee Porter (parents are Marsha and Jess Porter) are sixth graders at Dublin Intermediate School. They are the only two to advance this far for the 18-19 school year.

NavaLee White (left) and Keylee Porter are headed to UMass with their FPS sponsors in June for the International competition.

“We are so very proud of these girls,” said FPS sponsor Teri White.

White, along with Celinda Jurney, are the girls’ sponsors and will both be accompanying them to UMass. 

Below is more information on this awesome program at Dublin ISD:

FPSPI (Future Problem Solving International) is a competitive program involving thousands of students annually from around the world. Developed in 1974 by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving (FPS) curriculum introduces a six-step problem-solving model which teaches critical and creative thinking, problem-solving and decision making.

During two hour competitions throughout the school year culminating in a state bowl, students use the six-step process to respond to a Future Scene (scenario set 25-50 years in the future) provided for each topic.
Topics for 2018-19:
• Mission to Moon, Mars, and Beyond
• Drones
• Food Loss & Waste
• Coping with Stress
– Re-extinction-topic of Internationals

Future Problem Solving (FPS) teaches students how to think, not what to think. The diverse components offered by Future Problem Solving address the need for problem-solving within the curriculum in order for students to prepare effectively for the future in front of them. Students increase their global awareness and explore content related to business & economics, science & technology, and society & politics through the study of a series of current issues projected into the future. As students focus on what is happening in the world today (research) and what might happen in the future (foresight), learning is dynamic and empowering.

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