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Competitive Program: Team or Individual

Participation begins when a school registers one or more teams/individuals and finds coaches –usually, but not necessarily, teachers – to work with the teams/individuals.It is a requirement that these appointed coaches have received accreditation by FPSP Singapore through attendance at the annual FPSP Coaches’ Training Workshops.


Coaches and teams/individuals work together to learn and practise the skills involved in the six-step creative problem solving process. They then apply these skills gradually during the year to a series of problemsituations on internationally set, significant societal, economic or scientific issues.


The focus for each problem is a future scene. Conventionally, the format of the Future Scene takes the form ofa single-sided A4 sheet, but variations such as the inclusion of maps, diagrams or a second sheetof some form are possible.


Working in teams of four or individually and under the guidance of a coach, students learn to:


  1. Research background information for topics through interviews, excursions, visiting speakers,electronic data retrieval and print media
  2. Analyse a future scene based on the designated topic and narrow the scope of a significantproblem in order to develop creatively realistic, alternative solutions
  3. Generate multiple possibilities together for problems and solutions with the important skills offluency, flexibility, elaboration and originality in their thinking and writing
  4. Develop appropriate criteria for evaluating and thinking critically about their ideas beforedescribing a plan for implementing their positive, best solution.

    The differences between the booklets submitted for evaluation by teams and individuals are:


    1. Team Booklets represent the collective efforts of a team of four students and include sixteen (16) possible problems (Step 1) and sixteen (16) possible solutions (Step 3)
    2. An Individual Student Booklet is the work of just one student and it includes only eight (8) responses for Step 1 and Step 3 of the problem solving process.