What is FPS?
Future Problem Solving is a programme - created by American Paul Torrence in 1974 - designed to challenge the thinking skills of academically 'gifted' children. The programmed has now spread beyond the borders of America to many other countries throughout the globe, through which citizens of Australia introduced it to the little country of New Zealand. Future Problem Solving requires a team of students to solve a problem which is likely to occur in the future. To do so, the students must, under a time limit, work through a six-step process which will identify and creatively solve a major problem.
The programme promotes creative, original and futuristic thinking but it encourages students to think logically and in a very structured way.
Why is FPS Worthwhile?
The skills that students require to be academically successful later on in life can all be acquired through the FPS programme. FPS combines creative thinking, clarity of writing, researching skills, reading and punctuation skills all in one, so in order to be successful in FPS students learn these key skills, in a way which makes it fun and inventive when one knows how the process works.
Students going through the process can find, although they most likely do not realise at first, that all throughout the programme their academic abilities are growing stronger through the repetitive use of these skills.