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What is MAGIC (Multi-Affiliate Global Issues Competition)?

MAGIC provides an opportunity for collaboration with other problem solvers from around the world as competitors are assigned to teams by division. Each team includes no more than one student from the same affiliate registration.

Participants registered for this competition MUST be experienced in Global Issues competitions, well versed in the problem-solving process, and be able to converse with their team members in English. If translation of written materials is desired, this should be noted during registration. MAGIC invites are earned with each registration. MAGIC students do not have to be the same division as the other competitors.

MAGIC teams complete a shorter version of the Global Issues competition in a paper booklet. It requires eight challenges, eight solution ideas, and a shortened grid. FPSOnline is not an available option for MAGIC.

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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.