St. Anne School’s Future Problem Solving (FPS) program is designed to develop research, critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork abilities in students grades 3 through 8. The program melds the demanding intellectual challenge of creative problem solving with an interdisciplinary study of the future and teaches a proven framework for clear and structured analysis.
Students learn how to:
- Research topics broadly and discerningly;
- Dissect and structure complex problems;
- Brainstorm creatively;
- Collaborate through teamwork under time pressure;and
- Develop informed, transparent decision-making.
Through participation in the program, students are able to research topics in depth and explore social, political, economic, and technological implications. Students meet weekly and participate in two practice rounds to prepare for the competitive events that can advance them to the annual state bowl and annual international competitions.
To become a St. Anne School FPS team member, students must meet several criteria. Students chosen for this program are invited based on a combination of CTP4 test scores, OLSAT scores, current standing in the program, and criteria-based teacher recommendation. Based on these criteria, invitations are sent to students in May. There are three to four teams per grade. Grade 3, 4 and 5 teams are comprised of three to four students each. In the Middle School, students have the opportunity to compete individually.
The Future Problem Solving program serves more than 260,000 students worldwide to develop young people globally to design and promote positive futures through problem solving using critical and creative thinking.