5. Improve written and verbal communication skills
6. Develop creative thinking
7. Increase awareness of and interest in future possibilities
8. Develop teamwork skills
The basic steps of Future Problem Solving are:
Research – gather information from a variety of sources about the broad topic.
Step 1: Identify Challenges – Analyze the specific situation stated in the future scene and identify sixteen challenges related to the situation.
Step 2: Select an Underlying Problem – Select an important part of the future scene to solve.
Step 3: Produce Solution Ideas – Produce sixteen solution ideas that will solve the underlying problem.
Step 4: Generate and Select Criteria – Generate criteria and select five that evaluate the potential or merit of the solution idea.
Step 5: Apply criteria – Use the five criteria to evaluate the ten most promising solution ideas produced in Step 3.
Step 6: Develop an Action Plan – Improve upon the best solution idea and describe the actions necessary for the implementation of the solution.
Future Problem Solving is a process which engages students in creative problem solving. Founded by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, and encourages students to develop a vision for the future. FPSP features curricular and co-curricular competitive, as well as, non-competitive activities in creative problem solving.
Opening doors to student imaginations since 1974, the Future Problem Solving Program International offers exciting learning opportunities. Students experience creative thinking and the satisfaction of resolving difficult problems with unique solution ideas when they participate in FPSP. FPSP educational materials help students discover rich and varied ways of thinking.
"The genius of the future will be the creative mind adapting itself to the shape of things to come."
- E. Paul Torrance Creativity (1991)
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