HIGHLANDS RANCH – Four Summit View Elementary and Mountain Vista High School students will be headed to Indiana in June to represent Colorado at the International Conference for Future Problem Solving.
The competition will be held at the University of Indiana June 6 - 9th, 2013 and will include fourth through twelfth-grade students representing 43 states and 23 countries from around the world.
The teams qualified for the international competition during Colorado’s State on April 6 in Colorado Springs. Four Douglas County School District (DCSD) Future Problem Solving teams participated in the state tournament, which consists of a two hour written event and a live skit presentation, focusing on the problem of “Ocean Soup.”
Ocean Soup is a term used to refer to an area in the North Pacific that is so polluted by remnants of plastic that samples show 48 parts plastic for every part of plankton. As the plastics break down they accumulate manufactured poisons that are not water-soluble. Plastics have entangled birds and turned up in the bellies of fish. Ingested toxins move up the food chain and are even consumed by humans. One paper cited by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimated 100,000 marine mammals die of trash related deaths each year. Ocean Soup, also called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is likely to be difficult to clean up due to its size and location.
Thirteen teams competed overall in three leveled divisions. Douglas County had teams in all three divisions from Summit View, Northridge Elementary, Mountain Ridge Middle, and Mountain Vista High Schools. Students in grades 4 through 6 compete in the Junior Division. Students in grades 7 through 9 compete in the Middle Division. Students in grades 10 through 12 compete at the Senior Division.
The Junior division team from Summit View placed first at State, and the team from Northridge Elementary placed second. In the Middle division, the team from Mountain Vista High School placed first and the team from Mountain Ridge Middle School placed third.
First place teams in each of the three divisions will represent Colorado at the International Conference for Future Problem Solving Competition, June 6-9 at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. There they will be competing on the topic of The Global Status of Women.
This was Summit View’s first year to participate in Future Problem Solving. The team is coached by Douglas County Teacher Amber McFarland, and team comprised of Bryn Hall, Kayla Kim, and Leah Ortiz. The three girls will be joined by team member, Kara Lucyk at the International Conference in June.
Founded by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving Program International
(FPSPI) is an international program and competition that recruits and recognizes 21st century thinkers and world-class student leaders by stimulating creative thinking to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems.
FPSPI mission is to develop the ability of young people globally to design and promote positive futures using critical, creative thinking. The international organization engages students in creative problem solving within the curriculum and provides competitive opportunities.
FPS International involves thousands of students annually from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, and the United States.