FPS 2014FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVERS QUALIFY FOR STATE FINALS

“The genius of the future will be the creative mind adapting itself to the shape of things to come.”Dr. E. Paul Torrance

Three teams of STA Future Problem Solvers have qualified to compete at Indiana State Finals on Saturday, April 12 at Westlane Middle School.  Based on their “Surveillance Society” problem solving packet, our students were judged by evaluators from across the state as being among the top creative thinkers and writers in their age divisions.

Intermediate Level students representing STA at State Finals are Amaiya Gaddie, Kacee Haslett, Hannah Milby, and Ella Nation.  Junior Level students are Kate Crist, Freddie Garver, Ella Gebke, Kyle Haslett, Alessandra Hutton, Paige Longenecker, Xavier Momper, and Sam Pyrz.  John Chandler and Vivian Miller are also FPS members.  Coaches are Mrs. Conner and Mr. Blanchet.

The teams that win first place at State Finals in Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories will advance to International Finals, held at the University of Iowa this coming June.  The topic for State Finals is “Land Transportation.”  “Space” is the topic for International Finals.

STA students have had the amazing honor of qualifying for International Finals for the last four years.

FPS began 40 years ago at the University of Georgia, Athens.  Business leaders asked Dr. E, Paul Torrance to create a program  for academically gifted students “to stimulate critical and creative thinking skills and to encourage students to develop a vision for the future.”

The Future Problem Solving Program International now involves over 250,000 students annually from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Portugal, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Great Britain, Turkey, India and the United States.