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.
If you think you can't make a difference, well, the Community Problem Solving team at North Junior High might want to you to reconsider... They're making real, measurable differences in their school:
Community Problem Solving (CmPS) has had an amazing impact on the community at North Junior High! It all started with Parker and Ryan, who wanted to make a difference. They decided to tackle a problem - bullying. After recruiting 3 more team members, they began their journey with CmPS. Last year...
From an article at the MN Sun:
"Centennial Elementary School teacher Sheila Johnston was named the recipient of the WEM Foundation’s Outstanding Educator Award Thursday, April 10.
Johnston is one of six educators in the state being honored by WEM for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to student learning. Johnston received the award under WEM’s designation as an academic challenge coach. A $15,000 prize is accompanying the award.
Johnston has been teaching and coaching for 24 years. She currently implements gifted education programs for students in grades 1-5 and coaches Future Problem Solving..."
The rest of the article can be found here.
And the Results are In!
A complete breakdown of the day's results.
Congratulations to those invited to the IC -- we hope to see as many of you in Iowa as possible!
Our thanks goes out to everyone who helped make the day happen -- from coaches to volunteers, to parents and bus drivers (and everyone else that isn't covered by those few categories). It can't happen without you and we appreciate what you do for MNFPSP and its participants.
An extra-special thanks to our first-time hosts at Centennial Middle School in Lino Lakes -- your facilities are top-notch and so are your people.