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How does the MAGIC competition work?


Multi Affiliate Global Issues Competition (MAGIC) competitors enjoy a unique experience at our world finals. When competitors arrive at their competition room, they are assigned to a team with students from different regions. Teams have two hours to write their Global Issues booklet. Students receive paper copies of the International Conference future scene and booklets. All MAGIC teams work offline and submit handwritten booklets. Students are responsible for bringing their own pens or pencils to the competition room.

Helpful Links
How does the Global Issues (GIPS) IC competition work?

How does the IC Action Plan Presentation portion of the competition work?

GIPS Overview Competition Info (PDF)

International Conference Awards
The award ceremony recognizes the 1st – 3rd place teams in each division at the ceremony. Following the conclusion of the ceremony, scoresheets are available in FPSOnline.

Competition Rules

When competitors register for the event, they are required to complete the International Conference Publication Release and Competitor Rules Contract, which indicates a violation of any rules may result in disqualification. Submission of student work during a Future Problem Solving competition indicates that competitors will adhere to all the following:

1. Future Scene

All competitors will receive a paper copy of the future scene and scrap paper for notes.

2. Booklets

Students receive a paper copy of the official Global Issues booklet. All MAGIC competitors must complete their work on paper (handwritten). Students should make sure their writing is legible and dark enough to be read. IC staff handles the upload process for all handwritten booklets.

3. Team Assignment

MAGIC competitors work with students from other regions. Team assignments are finalized in the competition room. Students do get time for team introductions before the official competition time period begins.

4. FPS Online

Students will receive FPSOnline credentials at the competition’s end. These will only be used to access scoresheets after the award ceremony.

5. Outside Resources

Students cannot utilize outside resources. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to; student notes prepared before the competition, research, references, coach/parent advice, and internet searches.

6. Supplies

Students must provide their own pens or pencils and/or laptops. Students can bring a paper dictionary and thesaurus to use during the competition.

7. Monitors

Monitors will be present to ensure that students do not use prohibited items and that they adhere to Future Problem Solving rules for the duration of the competition.

8. Competition Rooms

All booklets must be written in the official competition rooms as assigned.

9. Time Limit

Only two hours are permitted for student work upon receiving the future scene, which is released at the start of the competition time.

10. Translation

Participants must be able to talk with their teammates in English. Any need for translation of written work should be noted during IC registration. All evaluations are completed in English.

11. No Self-Identification

The booklet must not contain identifying information (name, location, etc.).

12. Only Official Entries Scored

Only student work entered into the official booklet (paper or electronic) will be scored.

13. Good Judgment

Students should use good judgment and remember that all submitted work should be appropriate for all audiences.

Watch Out
Students are encouraged to think creatively and futuristically. Taking conceptual risks is part of the creative thinking process, but these risks may not pay off or may push the boundaries too far. All participants should consider the impact of their work and words on others, accounting for the diversity of age, ethnicity, religion, culture, and experience that make up the Future Problem Solving community.


Evaluators use the official Global Issues Problem Solving Evaluation Guidelines to assess all International Conference submissions. They consider submitted student work to determine the best application of Future Problem Solving skills to the IC future scene, in order to determine champions at our world finals.

Each competitive submission is considered by multiple evaluators. Each underlying problem is reviewed by a pair of evaluators to identify if there is a critical error. Booklets with a critical error will only receive one evaluation and are ineligible to advance to the final round. All other booklets receive three evaluations.

  • Each evaluator uses total points to determine a booklet’s rank. Points and ranks from evaluations are used to create a composite score (values are assigned to a set range of points and ranks).
  • The composite score is used to identify the top MAGIC teams by division and determine placement.

While there are guidelines and descriptions of expectations, Future Problem Solving evaluation is based on subjective scoring. Because there is no single “right” answer, varying interpretations of student work are possible. It is the decision of each evaluator to determine the points that will be awarded for each section of a scoresheet. For more information and a sample scoresheet, see the how evaluated article.

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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.