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How can I prepare for attending the International Conference?

Competitions

Be sure to review how the competition you are participating in works at the International Conference. Familiarize yourself with the rules and how your event is evaluated. Learn more about your competition:

  • Global Issues (GIPS)
  • MAGIC
  • Action Plan Presentation
  • Community Projects (CmPS)
  • Creative Writing (SW)
  • Storytelling (ScP)

FPSOnline

Also, if applicable, decide if you will use FPSOnline and submit your work electronically or use pen or pencil and paper to complete your work. There are practice sessions and additional information for those choosing to use FPSOnline.

Special Items to Bring

You also may want to bring special items with you for some of the social events.

Memento Exchange

The Memento Exchange offers students a chance to swap items and trinkets representative of their local area. Please plan to collect and bring these items.

Variety Show

Students wishing to participate in the Variety Show should bring instruments or other props to showcase their talent. This event does have an audition process and acts must include students from at least two different affiliate programs.

Dance

The 2024 dance features the five decades of Future Problem Solving. Please plan to bring an outfit/costume from the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s, 2010’s, or something current for a fun twist on this event.

Packing Tips

Below are some ideas shared from past attendees:

  • Casual & comfortable clothing
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Pajamas
  • Light jacket, sweatshirt, or sweater
  • Personal toiletries (including toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and sunscreen)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Alarm clock (if not using phone alarm)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Umbrella
  • Cards or board games
  • Competition supplies
    • Laptop with full battery and charger (if using)
    • Paper and pen/pencils
    • Dictionary and/or thesaurus
    • Non-programmable calculator (for Global Issues)

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April Michele

April Michele Bio

Executive Director

A seasoned educator, April Michele has served as the Executive Director since 2018 and been with Future Problem Solving more than a decade. Her background in advanced curriculum strategies and highly engaging learning techniques translates well in the development of materials, publications, training, and marketing for the organization and its global network. April’s expertise includes pedagogy and strategies for critical and creative thinking and providing quality educational services for students and adults worldwide.

Prior to joining Future Problem Solving, April taught elementary and middle grades, spending most of her classroom career in Gifted Education. She earned the National Board Certification (NBPTS) as a Middle Childhood/Generalist and later served as a National Board Assessor for the certification of others. She was trained and applied the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Humanities, which helped widen the educational scope and boundaries beyond the U.S. In addition, April facilitated the Theory and Development of Creativity course for state level certification of teachers. She has also collaborated on a variety of special projects through the Department of Education.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the University of South Florida with a master’s in Gifted Education, April’s passion is providing a challenging curriculum for 21st century students so they are equipped with the problem solving and ethical leadership skills they need to thrive in the future. As a board member in her local Rotary Club, she facilitates problem solving in leadership at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College.