Global Issues Problem Solving

Under the guidance of teachers and coaches, teams of 4 students in grades 4 – 12, use the FPSP six-step model to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems.

Teams and individuals are divided into three divisions:

Grades 4-6 (Junior)

Grades 7-9 (Middle)

Grades 10-12 (Senior)

Students complete two practice problems and one qualifying throughout the school year. Trained evaluators score student work and return it with feedback which includes suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams and individuals on the qualifying problem are invited to State Competition, held each spring. The winners of each respective State Competition, or Affiliate Competition outside the United States, advance to the FPSPI International Conference in June.

For more information please email Deb Kelley at

The Suggested Readings for each topic are now on the FPSPI website, at this link:

Registration Form: After clicking, hit the downward arrow at the top to download to your computer. Complete the form and email to Then print a copy for the payment process.


To enhance problem solving skills, research, and coaching tips, check out the materials available from FPS International by clicking here: