Area Students aka Future Problem Solvers

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BURLINGTON – On January 8 & 9, middle and high school students from Burlington, Central Lee, & Keokuk came together to participate in an Iowa Future Problem Solving Bowl hosted at Great Prairie AEA. Students participated in one of two categories:

Global Issues Problem Solving (Team)

In Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) students in grades 4-12 compete in teams of four to research and problem-solve topics of current relevance in the world. Teams complete two practice problems (optional), which are evaluated and returned with feedback. They then submit a third problem to try to qualify for the competitive State Bowl. Qualifying teams are invited to compete at State for the opportunity to represent Iowa at the annual International FPS competition in June.

Global Issues Problem Solving (Individual)

Individual Global Issues Problem Solving is designed to give self-motivated, confident students the opportunity to compete, using the same format as the Team Division but completing shorter booklets independently. This is an ideal option for coaches who have a few extra students who won’t fit evenly onto teams. Individuals complete two practice problems (optional), which are evaluated and returned with feedback, and then submit a third problem to qualify for the competitive State Bowl. Qualifying individuals are invited to compete at State for the opportunity to represent Iowa at the annual International FPS competition in June.

A special thank you to District Coaches and teams for participating:

  • Central Lee, coach Hollie Weber – 2 junior teams, 3 middle teams, 3 senior teams, 1 middle individual
  • Burlington, coaches Katie Salisbury and Aron Kehoe – 2 middle teams, 1 middle individual & 2 senior teams
  • Keokuk, coach Barb Edler – 1 middle team & 1 senior team

Wishing all students and teams the best of luck! Learn more about FPS at https://iowafutureproblemsolving.com/ or contact GPAEA’s Coordinator Tracy Jarrett at tracy.jarrett@gpaea.org.

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