6th and 7th Grade Future Problem Solving International

This year we have a very large number of 6th graders who have signed on to learn the basics of a very complex and challenging component of the FPS Program, Global Issues Problem Solving. GIPS is a competitive component of Future Problem Solving which can be accomplished as a team (up to 4) or individual activity in which participants research a series of global topics and learn a six-step creative problem solving process.

We are excited to have six competitive 7th grade FPS teams as well as two individual competitors here at BIS.  All FPS participants, in Barnstable and throughout the world, have begun the year with a “practice problem,” which focuses on the first topic of the FPS season: International Travel.

All teams have been learning or refining their understanding of the first three steps of the problem solving process:

1. Identify 16 “challenges” the team recognizes within the Future Scene. 2. Select an Underlying Problem. Which of the 16 challenges is most solvable? 3. Produce 16 solution ideas for the one Underlying Problem.

The 7th grade teams are fully competitive this year; and they will be hard at work measuring their critical and creative thinking skills against other middle school FPS teams from around Massachusetts. The first practice problem competition date is set for October 17.

Go Barnstable!

We start the year learning about numbers & their inverses.  Our 6th graders will be having “opposite day” every day as they learn about inverses, such as squares and square roots, additive inverses (positive and negative numbers) and multiplicative inverses (reciprocals). They were tasked with finding patterns in the first 100 perfect squares and learned a formula to find the square of any number: n2 + 2n +1.  Next students will use what they learned about inverses to solve one-, two- and multi-step equations.