What We Do
The mission of the Texas Future Problem Solving Program is to teach students creative problem solving processes through competitive and non-competitive instructional programs so they learn to work with others in designing positive futures. These programs for students include:
Community Problem Solving
Students apply their problem solving skills to a real problem in an identified community. This problem could be identified in a school, local community, region, state or nation. Actual implementation of the action plan is included in this component.
Global Problem Solving
GPS teams complete two practice problems and one qualifying problem throughout the school year and their local campus. Trained evaluators score the students’ work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams on the qualifying problem are invited to the Texas Affiliate FPS Bowl held each April in Austin.
Scenario writing encourages students to develop and submit futuristic scenarios–word pictures of the future. Scenario writing is especially intriguing for students who enjoy creative writing and those identified as gifted in creative writing.
A team of five students creates an original script based on one of their step-six action plans. A winning Creative Drama script is selected from each age division. Each team of winning authors is invited to perform a dramatization of their script at the awards ceremony of the State Bowl in Austin each April.
Who We Are
Cyd Rogers, State Director
Cyd Rogers has been a Texas educator for 34 years and involved in the Future Problem Solving Program for the past 14 years. She taught each of the Future Problem Solving components while in the classroom in the Midlothian ISD. During that time she coached 17 Community Problem Solving teams and numerous Global Issues teams. Cyd became a Texas Affiliate Director in 2006, and has served as the President of the Future Problem Solving International Board of Trustees.