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How does the Scenario Performance (ScP) IC competition work?


Scenario Performance competitors present live at the International Conference. The story they tell should use the the International Conference topic as inspiration and be a logical outgrowth of actions or events in the future.

International Conference Awards
The award ceremony recognizes the 1st – 3rd place performers for our world finals in each of the three divisions. Following the conclusion of the ceremony, scoresheets are available in FPSOnline.

Helpful Link

Scenario Performance Competition Information (PDF)

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. Time Limit

The storytelling performance may not exceed five minutes in length. A timer will signal when only 30 seconds remain. Another signal will indicate the five minute mark.

2. Note Cards

Students may use up to 10 note cards (4×6 inches or size A6) during their performance.

3. Prohibited Materials

Props, costumes, theatrical makeup, or other materials beyond the use of voice are prohibited.

4. Performance Considerations

  • Hand gestures and slight movements are appropriate for storytelling and often advance the story.
  • ‘Acting’, such as crouching, jumping, running, or elaborate movements, is not permitted.
  • Performers may stand or sit for the Performance – it is a personal preference.

5. Self-Identification

Performers must avoid any identifying information in their performance or on the clothing worn during the performance. Identifying information includes the competitor’s name, school, Affiliate, country, and/or state.

6. FPSOnline

Coaches receive FPSOnline credentials during check-in. These will only be used to access scoresheets after the award ceremony.

7. Good Judgment

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 scenario 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 Scenario Performance Evaluation Guidelines to assess the live performances at our International Conference. Scores from the live performances are used to determine International Conference champions. Future Problem Solving evaluation applies rubrics (with expectations) for corresponding point ranges for a range of criteria:

  • Storytelling technique
  • Audience awareness
  • Use of voice
  • Development of story
  • Characterization
  • Creative and futuristic thinking
  • Connection to the topic

Each performance receives multiple evaluations. Each evaluator uses total points to rank performances. 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 determines awards and placements of the live storytelling performances.

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.