This year-long, non-competitive component introduces students to the skills of creative problem solving in a hands-on, non-threatening manner. Teams consisting of three to four students are encouraged to work on two topics, one per semester.
Through Action-based Problem Solving (AbPs), primary learners are introduced to the problem solving process by thinking about challenges and issues facing familiar fairy tale characters. By using well-known fairy tales written with a new twist, younger students are introduced to generating, decision-making, and communication strategies in an enjoyable, non-threatening manner.
The Action-based Problem Solving model consists of five steps to be used with “Fuzzy Challenges,” one-page problem scenarios developed for AbPs. Preliminary steps of the process include gathering information and discussing the challenge of problem areas.
Sample Topic Challenge: How does Cinderella get her happily ever after?
Cinderella and the prince have found eachother again and are planning to wed. Cinderella however, wants a career and the prince wants her to stay at home in the castle.