Students compete in each components in the following age groups:
Junior Division: grades 4-6
Middle Division: grades 7-9
Senior Division: grades 10-12
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. More Info…
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. More Info…
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. More Info…
Scenario Performance is an oral activity for individual students to enlarge ideas, enrich personal style, and predict accurate images of the future. Students are challenged to create a story that lasts between 4-5 minutes, is set at least 20 years in the future, and arises from any one of the topics set in the FPS year. This story is not written out in full; it is to be “told” and should be more “natural” and “spontaneous” in nature. Performances should be creative and entertaining to an audience. In Texas, videos of the original Scenario Performances are submitted online in late February. More Information on Scenario Performance
Non-Competitive Texas Components
Texas offers GIPS and CmPS non-competitive components for grades K-3. In GIPS, two additional problem solving future scenes are provided for students to address, and the registration entitles the teacher to submit the students’ work for evaluation twice during the year. For CmPS, the team of students submits a paper/report on the students’ Community Problem Solving Project/Activity and a shortened scrapbook for evaluators’ comments.
Each school participating in a Texas non-competitive component receives a participation plaque and every student participant receives a Texas FPSP certificate. Non-competitive components do NOT advance to the Texas State Bowl.