Future Problem Solvers Take Top Awards at State Competition
Junior and Middle Division Teams, and Junior Division Individual Competitor Advance to Internationals
Congratulations to all participants who attended the Future Problem Solvers (FPS) Skit Presentation and Awards Ceremony held at Freeport High School, L.I. on Sunday, March 18. Special thanks to all of the parents who came out to support our teams. Dalton FPS club members have worked hard in this rigorous after-school program, which stimulates critical and creative thinking skills.
Under the guidance of FPS club advisors, Ms. Sophie Gloeckler and Dr. Alicia Reid, one of Dalton’s Junior Division teams, a Middle Division team, and a Junior Division Individual Competitor all received first place awards in New York State. Students applied the six-step problem-solving method to a future scenario navigating challenges related to cloud storage.
Future Problem Solvers follow a six-step approach to problem-solving:
Identify Challenges Related to the Topic or Future Scene
Select an Underlying Problem
Produce Solution Ideas to Address the Underlying Problem
Generate and Select Criteria to Evaluate Solution Ideas
Evaluate Solution Ideas to Determine the Better Action Plan
Develop an Action Plan
Winning teams and competitors have received an invitation to advance to the International Competition in La Crosse, Wisconsin in June. Students in the Junior Division who will be advancing to Internationals are Lucas Chen; Madeleine Ford; Madeleine Garcia; and Talya Jacoby. The Junior Division Individual Competitor advancing to Internationals is William Shepardson. Students in the Middle Division who will be advancing to Internationals are Minelle Jeddy; Alec Maanavi; Serena Taxin; Bella Winckler; and Jasmine Wynn.
2017-2018 FPS Club Members Lucas Chen '24 Wai Sum Fong '25 Madeleine Ford '25 Madeleine Garcia '25 Charlotte Hartog '24 Talya Jacoby '24 Minelle Jeddy '23 Jai Kapoor '24 Haeon Lee '24 Alec Maanavi '23 Tommy Pojarliev '24 Ashwin Ranjan '24 William Shepardson '24 Vivian Simon '24 Serena Taxin '25 Bella Winckler '23 Connor Wolff '24 Jasmine Wynn '23 Mirabelle Zhang '24
Not pictured in photos: Wai Sum Fong; Madeleine Garcia; Tommy Pojarliev; Ashwin Ranjan; William Shepardson; Vivian Simon; and Serena Taxi
Written and Submitted by After School Teacher Sophie Gloeckler and Middle and High School Science Teacher Alicia Reid