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Future problem solving team places fourth in state competition
April 1-2 four students competed in the NC State Bowl for Future Problem Solving that was held at Camp Holston near Banner Elk, NC. After checking in, all competitors assembled in the dining hall and spent the next two hours completing their competition packets. The Union students spent Friday evening developing the script and props for a skit based on their plan to solve part of the water quality crisis. On Saturday, the students woke to a snow covered mountain side and, after a final rehearsal, presented their skit to the other competitors. They had managed to create an informative script, incorporating two original songs using familiar tunes. Their props were creative and definitely original. After eating lunch, the students learned that they had placed fourth in the booklet completion in their first attempt at competing on any level in Future Problem Solving.
For the booklet completion at the State Bowl, each team was given a packet consisting of a scenario describing a possible scene from the future involving some crisis dealing with water quality and sheets of paper on which the competitors were to write their plans to alleviate at least part of the crisis. After studying this paper, the members of each team developed possible challenges based on information that could be inferred from the situation and/or from the knowledge gleaned from the research on water quality that the students had conducted prior to the competition.
Based on these challenges, the team decided on one underlying problem and brainstormed possible solutions. The students then decided on a set of criteria, which were used to determine which solution would be the best, weighing such factors as feasibility with respect to personnel, available technology, cost, or other considerations. Finally, the students devised an action plan to be used to attack the underlying problem.
During the fall and winter about ten students met on Friday afternoons to research possible problems involving air transport, genetics, and water quality.
Next year the team plans to participate again.
Written by: Ruth Rowe, AIG Teacher
Posted: Apr 15, 2011 by Jennifer Williams