Future Problem Solving
New Contest for 2019-2020
Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) was founded in 1974 by Dr. Paul Torrance. Each competition has four possible events which take students through a 6-step problem solving process which teaches critical and creative thinking, and decision-making skills. Each year, the FPSPI creates a list of four topics with suggested readings, and creates a future problem scenario for each of the four topics. In three of the events, students use their research skills combined with their writing or performance skills on the topics to solve a problem set forth on the scenarios, or in the fourth, they find a problem in their own communities to apply the problem solving process to and work to solve this real life problem themselves. Competitions are organized at the local, state, and international levels.
Be sure to access the Indiana Coach Handbook
for detailed timeline information and IASP Contest Rules and Procedures.
2019-20 DSP Membership/Team Entry Form
Package and À La Carte Entry Fee Pricing
FPS Junior Confirmation List (Elem)
FPS Middle Confirmation List
FPS High Confirmation List
Comprehensive Confirmation List
Practice Problem #1 Order Form
Practice Problem #2 Order Form
Academic Conference Registration Form
Academic Conference Confirmation List
NEW! Coach Training for GIPS and CmPS (series via YouTube)
GIPS Evaluator Training
GIPS Evaluator Guidelines
Coach’s Resources by Component
Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) Overview
Community Problem Solving (CmPS) Overview
Scenario Writing (SW) Overview
Scenario Performance (SP) Overview
2019-2020 Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) Topics
Living in Poverty
Area Qualifying Results
State Affiliate Bowl Results
Junior State Results
Middle State Results
Senior State Results
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about our student programs and competitions? Check out our FAQ section for the most commonly asked questions.
Important Future Problem Solving Dates
Future Problem Solving Bowl News
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Congratulations to the 2019 Academic Coach of the Year Finalists, State Winners and the Dick Ramey "Above and Beyond" Award Winner!
2019 Jr/Sr Academic Coach Conference Schedule available!
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Please help complete the list of Academic Competition Conferences in Indiana.
Future Problem Solving Program gives students the tools to solve problems in their own communities.
See how the Indiana Standards match up to the skills mastered in Future Problem Solving.
IASP has secured a discount on Quiz Bowl equipment from ZeeCraft for Indiana Quiz Bowl Teams.
Check out what happens at the International Conference of Future Problem Solvers!
Academic Super Bowl is looking for a new Senior English question writer.
Special Recognition is being given to 9 schools for outstanding achievement across our programming. Learn more about their accomplishments!
Check out our two new academic competitions for 2019-2020!
of the Year
Anyone who serves as an academic coach during the school year is eligible for this award, and can be nominated by their principal, another coach, coordinator or volunteer. One academic coach from each level of competition (elementary, middle/junior and senior) is recognized at our annual Academic Coaches Conference.
In order to participate in Department of Student Programs (DSP) sponsored academic competitions, cheer competitions, Student Day at the Legislature, MLK Essay contest, and any other DSP programs, schools must maintain a current membership in DSP.