Future Problem Solving

Future Problem Solving

Grades 4-12

2020-2021 Contest

Global Issues Practice Problems 1 & 2 will be Virtual this year.

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.  



FPS Elementary Confirmation List
FPS Junior Confirmation List
FPS High Confirmation List
Comprehensive Confirmation List
Practice Problem #1 Order Form
Practice Problem #2 Order Form

Academic Coach Recorded Conference Registration Form
Academic Conference Confirmation List


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Academic Coach
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.

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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.

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