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Future Problem Solving (FPS) is an opportunity for students to use research, collaboration, and critical and creative thinking to identify and solve problems set in a Future Scene. The experiences allow students to practice and demonstrate the Ignatian qualities of being just and courageous, curious and wise, and reflective and discerning.

Students spent Term 1 identifying and addressing possible challenges facing Water Supply in 2044. Evaluators from FPS Australia provided some valuable feedback during the holidays, some of which will be provided as students reach specific steps during their second Future Scene, Building Green in 2048. Overall, evaluators were impressed with both the quality and quantity of the responses students provided in their first booklet this year. Students presented fifteen challenges and the maximum allowable sixteen solution ideas, which attracted praise for excellence and structure. The evaluators felt that a highlight of this booklet was the futuristic thinking shown in the identification of challenges.

New members who enjoy the challenges of thinking, reading, writing, and inventing under time pressure are welcome to join us at Monday lunch times and Wednesdays after school. We will take these opportunities to practice the problem-solving process for Building Green, and later for Insects, and Mining.

Ms Joanne Cameron-Smith
TIC Future Problem Solving

Mrs Fiona Dimopoulos
Coach of Future Problem Solving

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