IC 2015 is done and in the books!
Here are the results for all of the Minnesota teams that placed at IC.
First, a special thank-you to all of the parents, coaches, volunteers, and others who make the yearly trek to IC possible for all of the students who participate every year. Things would not go as smoothly, nor would kids be able to compete at such high levels without everything you contribute -- your contributions are appreciated.
Second, a hearty congratulations to EVERY team that went to IC, participated, and represented Minnesota FPS. You've done something special -- not everyone who participates in FPS has the privilege of attending IC. Your continued good manner and good will make us proud that you ALL represent us there.
Last (and certainly not least), please commend and acknowledge those whose hard work was recognized by various awards. The CmPS teams from St. Cloud fared particularly well. Please consult the results document for the rest of the teams and individuals who received awards.
It's two weeks and two days until the start of the 2015 FPSP International Conference.
The Topic is Intellectual Property.
As always, these are raw search results direct from search engines, so coaches/parents may want to pre-screen them for younger groups of students looking for research ideas or starting points.
Good luck and happy researching!
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.