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Each affiliate is responsible for conducting the competitions which take place in its own geographic area.
Students begin preparing for competition at the start of each school year.
The highest level of competition takes place at the annual International Conference (IC), which is held in May or June, at the end of the United States school year.
Future Problem Solving Steps
The IC is held at the campus of a public university in the United States (the country with the largest number of competitors), with a new location being chosen every two years.Depending on the affiliate and the type of competition, there may be regional, state, or national levels of competition that take place during the year.Only the winners of any given competition qualify to proceed to the next level.Prior to each competition event, FPSPI announces the competition topic (such as "Artificial Intelligence" or "Oceans") and provides a list of suggested readings.Students spend 1–2 months researching the topic with an eye to potential future challenges and solutions.When you are examining a future scene (fuzzy) to notice the "challenges" it presents, you want to identify challenges in as many of the categories listed in the BE BETTER APPLES CGDM acronym below that you can possibly find. Aim to "cover" as many distinct categories as you can; avoid using the same category more than once.Write your challenge statement using the colorful model at the bottom of the screen.The program looks at current technological, geopolitical, and societal trends and projects those trends 20–30 years into the future in order to train students to develop solutions to the challenges they may face as adults.FPSPI was founded by creativity researcher Ellis Paul Torrance in 1974.Future Problem Solvers register through affiliate programs, either through a state program in the United States or through a country’s affiliate program in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore.250,000 students from across the globe participate each year.