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Who are the winners of the IC 2024 competition?

In our 2024 International Conference, and highest level competition, 1,263 champion problem solvers from 12 countries and 242 different schools/groups competed at Indiana University June 5-9, 2024. Their challenge topic was Air Quality. For more information on the event and participants, see the infographics attached below. Congratulations to all our Future Problem Solving world finals […]

[IC 2024] Photography and Yearbook Information

Team and award photos are being taken by Jarrid Spicer Photography and are being hosted online by Premier Portraits Studio. Photos should be available to view and purchase online within 72 hours of the conclusion of the International Conference. To view and order photos, please visit their website. Find our event photos by looking for […]

What is the Excellence in Project Management award?

The Excellence in Project Management Award recognizes students who effectively implement project management strategies to enhance their work. The award is based on a new publication from Future Problem Solving, the Guide to Project Management Implementation in Community Problem Solving. Competitors prepare their project management documentation to submit to judges for consideration. Students participating in […]

Why is problem solving important?

Future Problem Solving teaches students HOW to think, not WHAT to think, using a problem solving process. Just why is problem solving important? We answer that question. Students increase their understanding about a topic or situation In Global Issues, students analyze and work through important futuristic topics. In Community Projects, students gain understanding about a […]

The Way We Go – Korean FPS

By SeYoung Jung The Korean Future Problem Solving affiliate was started in 2001 and, over the years, it has encouraged creativity education for the young FPSers. Following are some personal experiences I, SeYoung Jung, encountered as a coach and also, as co-director of the Korean Affiliate. An introduction of Korea Let’s begin with an introduction […]

10 strategies for coping with perfectionism

By Cyd Rogers Often, we as parents want our children to be the very best they can be. In order for our child to achieve success, we seem willing to provide whatever they need to fuel that success. Sometimes, without our meaning to do so, this can result in perfectionism in our child. Perfectionists can […]

What does a Global Issues booklet look like?

In the Global Issues program, participants read a provided futuristic scenario based on one of the competition topics for that year. After reading, participants work through our 6-step problem-solving process. In competitive settings, there are two hours to write all six steps. Registered participants in established regional programs will be provided booklets or access to […]

How is the Action Plan Presentation evaluated?

Action plan presentation judges use a rubric-based assessment to score student performances. See a sample scoresheet linked at the bottom of this article. Judges provide feedback and scores for each rubric criteria. The scores from judges determine the top performances in a competition.  Scoring breakdown Below is a breakdown of how many points are tied […]

[IC 2024] What safety protocols are in place to protect students?

Planning protocol for student safety begins with the International Office staff, under the direction of the Executive Director, meeting with the University campus to review and obtain the specific location safety measures that are in place. Since each campus may have differing protocols and contacts, these will be identified and recorded to best prepare for […]

Where can I find the Whova conference app?

Whova, our International Conference app, will go live at the beginning of the conference. With this app on-site participants can engage with one another as well as access IC events, schedules, and workshops: Whova is available on the app store and accessible on the web. Stay tuned for more Whova information as we approach June.

Student Work: Project Videos – All 2024 Regional Affiliate Champions (Junior)

The 2024 regional affiliate champion junior division community projects from around the world submitted these summaries and promotional videos to showcase their impact. Each individual and student team applied our problem-solving process in their communities to create lasting change. INDIVIDUAL ATOMIC ATOMIC – About Teaching our Mothers Important Curriculum. Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the […]

Student Work: Project Videos – All 2024 Regional Affiliate Champions (Middle)

The 2024 regional affiliate champion middle division community projects from around the world submitted these summaries and promotional videos to showcase their impact. Each individual and student team applied our problem-solving process in their communities to create lasting change. INDIVIDUALS Arrive Alive The Project Arrive Alive, addresses the safety concerns of students at Indian Trails […]

Student Work: Project Videos – All 2024 Regional Affiliate Champions (Senior)

The 2024 regional affiliate champion senior division community projects from around the world submitted these summaries and promotional videos to showcase their impact. Each individual or team applied our problem-solving process in their communities to create lasting change. TEAMS Project Outreach We are Project Outreach, one of the Community Problem Solving teams from Mahwah High […]

Answers to FAQs on Action Plan Presentations

In our Global Issues program students use our 6-step problem-solving method to develop action plans based on a future scene on one of our annual topics. At our world finals, and in many regional competitions, students must present their action plan in a skit. What is an action plan presentation? An action plan presentation is […]

12 Action Plan Presentation tips do’s and don’ts

Global Issues teams present their action plan presentation to judges (and often an audience) at many competitions including at our International Conference. Students create props from an approved material list and presentations can be up to four minutes long. DO’s Choose a format for your performance that your group enjoys Anything goes! The format is […]

Where can I find FPSOnline instructional videos?

Using FPSOnline A great way to becoming familiar with the FPSOnline system is to view our instructional videos posted on our YouTube channel. They are all also displayed below for easy access. Helpful Tips Instructional Videos Global Issues Creative Writing (aka Scenario Writing) Storytelling (aka Scenario Performance) Community Projects All – View Feedback

[IC 2024] What sessions/workshops are available with this year’s event?

Each year, Future Problem Solving offers exciting and interactive sessions and workshops for students and adults. We recommend that conference attendees choose sessions that enable them to explore new programs, deepen their learning, and meet problem solvers from around the world. Sessions and workshops are open to all registered IC participants (NOT Observers). Last Updated […]

8 Community Projects display tips do’s and don’ts

The goal of a display is to describe the project to the audience, capturing their attention and sharing the project’s goals and accomplishments. At our world finals, attendees get a chance to see all of the project displays at our Community Projects showcase. DO’s Plan ahead We encourage students to plan how they will create […]

9 Community Projects interview tips based on evaluator feedback

While we do not record interviews at our world finals, International Conference evaluator scores and comments provide insight into what makes a good, or not so good, interview. We’ve compiled a list of tips for project teams preparing for an interview based on the most common characteristics found in evaluator comments. #1 Outstanding detailed explanations […]

Example: Community Projects interview questions

The interview provides evaluators with an increased understanding of a project while allowing students to share their passion for their project. This is not a prepared presentation, but a conversation between students and evaluators.  One question for all All interviews address the step in the problem-solving process that was most important to the project. 20 […]

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.