Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) is a competitive component of FPSPI which can be accomplished as a team of 4 or individual activity. Participants research a series of global topics and learn a six-step creative problem solving process. Problem solvers apply their topic and creative problem solving knowledge to address a charge presented in an imagined situation, termed Future Scene.
-Students research current and future trends of a specific topic
-Students analyze and apply the six-step problem solving process to a short story (future scene) related to the topic
-Students record their work in a booklet or online form
-Up to 5 topics are explored each year
-Specifically for new coaches and teams
-Booklets are submitted electronically for feedback only
-Evaluator comments provide coaching for teams
Trained evaluators score student work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams and individuals on the qualifying problem are invited to Affiliate FPS Competitions. The winners of each respective Affiliate FPS Competition advance to the FPSP International Conference in June.
Four divisions are offered: Junior (grades 4-6), Middle (grades 7-9), Senior (grades 10-12), and Adult.