The countdown to IC is ON! Only a little over six weeks to go! Start your research now, and do a little bit every day. By the time you get to IC, you'll know a LOT about the topic -- Intellectual Property!
In other MNFPSP news, the website menus are fixed, and a bunch of past Parent Newsletters have been uploaded (check the Parents tab above).
The video that played at State should be up the next few days, and expect to see a few other things too.
In celebration of our 35th Anniversary, we proudly announce LEGACY MN FPS! LEGACY seeks to raise $10,000 annually by employing the POWER OF 100 – 100 donors giving $100 or more. The majority of the funds raised through LEGACY will be awarded as grants to Minnesota's future problem solvers! LEGACY will also establish a permanent endowment. Your donation to LEGACY MN FPS will help students today and help ensure that FPS is available to Minnesota students for another 35 years!
Any size donation is welcome! All donations are tax-deductible!
Congratulations to Deanna Winkelman and her coach, Carol Winkelman (also Mom!), for submitting the winning 35th Anniversary Tee Shirt Design for the Minnesota Future Problem Solving Program!
Deanna is a senior at Apollo High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Deanna has been part of FPS for six years. She started off in Global FPS for her first four years and then moved to scenario writing the last three years. Last year, Deanna’s scenario took her to Ames, IA, for the Future Problem Solving International Conference where her writing team took 5th place. She is also in Community Problem Solving at Apollo High School. Deanna and her coach are excited to see the FPS students and coaches in the T-shirt they designed.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.
14-year-old Hannah Hudson is New Zealand's Future Problem Solving champion. She has a message for all of us: we need to teach kids a systematic approach to problem solving. The Future Problem Solving Program does just that.
Would you like to gain some experience sitting on a board? [No, not the wooden kind.]
MNFPSP has decided to petition for some Student Representatives to join the MNFPSP Executive Board.
It's a great opportunity to see how decisions are made and how an executive board functions.
If this interests you, please download the application materials, read them, and then follow the directions to start working towards collecting the relevant signatures and so forth.
The Executive Board looks forward to having some student perspective and input in the future.
Submission of materials will begin soon, with specific details to be posted here.
It's the beginning of the new school year again -- time for new schools, new challenges, new opportunities, and new friends!
It also marks the time for Districts to register for MNFPSP for the new school year, and to register for Fall Workshops. URLs are below for both of these registration activities.
PS -- Did you know that MNFPSP is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year? The program has been teaching kids thinking processes for 35 years now. We have some neat stuff planned -- please participate and be a part of it!
Another International Competition in the books.
Congratulations to ALL of the teams that represented Minnesota at the IC this year. We were VERY well-represented on the awards stage -- take a look for yourself and congratulate them again.
Next, please take a minute to think about all of the volunteers who helped you and your competitors during this very successful competition season. If you see any of those parents, alumni, board members, teachers, subject matter experts, or whomever they were -- please thank them. This program would not be at all successful without the many volunteers that participate every year.
There should be some pics from the 2014 IC up in the gallery soon, too, so check back for those.