Problem Solving Conference at UK

Contact: Ralph Derickson

 

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The public is invited Friday evening, June 4, to view some 60 community problem solving projects on display from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Seaton Center gymnasium on the UK campus.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2004) -- A gathering of 2,000 creative problem solving students in grades 4-12 from Australia, Canada, Korea, New Zealand and the United States will form a global village at the University of Kentucky June 3-during the annual international conference of the Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) organization. FPSP’s international office is located in Lexington.

The conference showcases talented and creative students who use future problem solving tools to address real-life challenges in their own communities and to focus on global problems we will face in the future. The conference celebrates the accomplishments of problem-solvers from 43 affiliate FPSP programs and features three separate competitions.

Team and individual problem solving students examine a future scene – a “what if” situation – set at least 20 years in the future, said FPSP conference manager Katherine Hume. This year’s topic is immigration. While the topic is identified, the specifics of the future scene are not revealed until the competition begins. Students have two hours to explore challenges or problems, determine an underlying problem to solve, produce solution ideas, identify criteria and evaluate the solution ideas using a matrix, and develop an action plan.

The public is invited Friday evening, June 4, to view some 60 community problem solving projects on display from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Seaton Center gymnasium on the UK campus.

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