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21st Century Skills

In his opening address at the MOE-NIE-STAS International Science Education Conference 2006, RADM (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Minister of State, Ministry of Education, raised the issue: “Our students living in the 21st century will need new skills and knowledge that will help them embrace their brave new world. As educators and teachers, how do we prepare our students well?”


Future Problem Solving Program strongly supports the development of these
21st Century Skills:


21st Century Themes

Through the study of a series of global issues, students increase their global awareness and explore content related to the following three strands:

  • Business and Economics
  • Science and Technology
  • Society and Politics

Examples of recent topics include:

  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Energy
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Climate Change
  • Cultural Prejudice
  • DNA Identification


Learning and Innovation Skills

Creativity and Innovation
Students learn to look at situations from a variety of perspectives. They must use creativity to develop multiple ideas for solutions to pressing problems. Problem solving situations are set in the future to encourage inventive thinking.


Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Students use analysis to gain an understanding of issues in today’s world, and to understand the significant aspects of complex situations set in the future. They apply problem solving skills to work through to solutions and action plans for those situations.


Communication and Collaboration
Students collaborate in teams while learning about the issues and while applying their problem solving skills. Clear and articulate communication, oral or written, is developed while working with a team.


Information, Media, and Technology Skills

While studying the issues, students gather information from a wide variety of print and media sources. With the help of a teacher, they work on evaluating and analysing that information.Diverse perspectives are encouraged. The goal of Future Problem Solving is to teach students how to think, not what to think!


Life and Career Skills

Testimonials from former “FPSers” in multiple countries confirm the value of the content and skills of FPS as tools for lifelong learning. The skills have had an impact on students’ college success,work life, and personal decision-making.