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FPS International Conference Success

Date: 3rd July 2019

St Margaret’s College students Hattie Compton-Moen (Y12) and Sujean In (Y13) competed at the 2019 Future Problem Solving World Finals, in Amherst, Massachusetts from the 5th to 9th of June 2019.

This year’s scenario was based on is “de-extinction”, the resurrection of extinct species through genetic engineering. Essentially Jurassic Park, but actually possible! The topic was given in March, and the girls researched intensively from then until the competition. Hattie competed as an individual and came fifth.  Sujean and her team did incredibly well too, although unfortunately, they didn’t place.

The girls loved being immersed in a different country’s culture and got to experience visiting the Johnson Space Centre in Houston and walking Boston’s historic Freedom Trail.

Future Problem Solving is a competition in which competitors are presented with a scenario based around a specific issue. They have to identify challenges within that scenario, work out the biggest issue and create solutions to solve it. After doing this, competitors create criteria to determine which solution will be most effective in solving issues, and the most highly ranked solution becomes your “action plan”. This is all done within a 2-hour booklet session, known as the “lock up”.

 

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