The North Bend Eagle

 

Five headed to international competition

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/1/16

Five middle school students will be leaving North Bend June 1, heading for East Lansing, Michigan, for the Future Problem Solvers International Competition.

FPS CodyMelissa Cody is the team's sponsor.

Most of the competitors have been involved in FPS for two years. North Bend Central has nine teams from fifth through ninth grade that competed on the district level and three teams that went on to state. The ninth grade team finished second in the two areas judged, their booklet and skit. The seventh grade team received a fourth and first, and the sixth grade team received first for their booklet and second in the skit. The first-place booklet qualified them for international competition.

Future problems solvers are given a topic to study. When they get to competition they are given a scenario set in the future with a problem to solve. They have two hours to define the challenge, select the main challenge they will address, brain storm solutions, select criteria to judge their solutions, rank their ideas and make an plan of action. This is all written in a booklet, turned in and judged.

Later in the day, the students have a skit, a “Presentation of Action Plan” in front of the judges. They are encouraged to be creative.

The teams are made up of four students plus and alternative. North Bend’s students going to the international competition are Noah Post, Grant Peters, Drew Hall and Natalyn Krenzer. Jordan Ondracek, the team’s alternate, participates in all the preparations and in the skit.

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