Nearly 50 District students have qualified for the Wisconsin Future Problem Solvers State Bowl in Green Lake on April 16-18.
More than 300 state students from 4th through 12th grade will participate in the Global Issues Problem Solving competition at the State Bowl. Working in teams of four or as individuals, students will analyze the challenges and develop solution ideas for a situation set in a fictional future and related to the global topic of Enhancing Human Potential.
The following MCPASD students qualified for state:
5th grade: Kate Ravenscroft, Ellie Metzger, Salma GadElhak and Krista Lederer
6th grade: Lauren Poehling, Ben Smith, Yousef Gadalla, Edwin Zhang, Ian Bohachek, Poojah Prabahara Sundar, Sydney Yosick, McKenzie Johns, Vashima Ahuja, Joe McNerney, Calvin Slinde, Zach Yosick and Alex LaCour
8th grade: Lily Knoke, Hannah Ernst, Meghna Datta, Allie Ballweg, Erik Stewart, Ben Fagre, Eric Maier and Laura Stewart
5th grade: Kirin Raval, Hannah Nelson, Iliana Aviles and Catie Harris
6th grade: Nikki Yu, Sophie Taylor, Akshita Pattnaik and Elle Underkofler
8th grade: Aidan Lewandowski, Michelle Chi, Mia Kim and Abby Mangas
9th grade: Kirstin Yu, Thorne Powers, Blake Gallay, Athena Olszewski, Charlotte Sue, Natalie Asmus, Kaden Mettel and Olivia Shoemaker
12th grade: Heidi Knoche, Michelle Xie, Amanda Powers, and Ivraj Seerha
Global Issues Problem Solving, a component of the Future Problem Solving Program International, is a year-long educational program in which students learn a six-step problem solving process and apply it to future situations in three practice topics they have researched. The practice topics this year were Impact of Social Media, Processed Foods and Propaganda. The goals of the program are to encourage students to become more creative in their thinking, to develop richer images of the future, to increase their research skills, to learn cooperative teamwork skills, and to increase their written and verbal communication skills.
At the State Bowl, Global Issues Problem Solvers will brainstorm 16 challenges, an underlying problem, and 16 solutions for a future situation. They will also develop criteria to use in selecting the best solution, and write an action plan for implementing it. This written team effort is completed in a 2-hour time frame. In addition, students will plan and present 4-minute presentations to introduce their best solution action plan to an audience.
The Future Problem Solving Program International is global in scope, involving students from 45 states and 11 foreign countries. In Wisconsin, more than 190 teams from 20 school districts participated in this challenging program during the school year.