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Success at Future Problem Solving International Competition, Massachusetts 2019

 
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Success at Future Problem Solving International Competition, Massachusetts 2019
by Bernadette Shaw - Thursday, 13 June 2019, 9:50 AM
 



The international competition was held this year at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst about 2 hours drive west of Boston, USA.

Future Problem Solving has several components and is primarily a program for GATE students.
We had students competing in the team and individual global issues problem solving program (GIPS) and also in scenario writing. These students were only invited to compete at the international competition after placing 1st or 2nd in the national competition in Auckland at the end of last year.

This years topic was De-Extinction.

I am happy to report the following results for the 2018/2019 year:

Non-Travelling Competitor:

Thea Rose Wilcocks 9WRIC - who submitted her scenario writing piece last year while attending Cobham Intermediate (1500 word creative writing piece) placed 6th in the World Junior Division.

Travelling Competitiors:

Francie Liebert 9WSME - who submitted her scenario writing piece last year while attending Cobham Intermediate (1500 word creative writing piece) placed 13th in the World Junior Division.

Francie also took part in the on-site writing competition where she worked with 3 other writers (from around the world whom she had not met before) to each write pieces that linked together on the topic - in this competition her team placed 3rd overall in the World Junior Division.

E Wen Wong 12WTAW - who participated in the Senior Division team GIPS event along with students from Rangi Ruru and St Margarets. The team faced tough competition and evaluation and didn't place, but were incredible role models for the younger students travelling with us.

William Wray 11NMSL - who participated in the Middle Division Individual GIPS event and placed 1st overall in the WORLD!

None of this would have been possible without the coaching of Sue Williams who has spent numerous hours with our students researching and mentoring them outside of school hours.
All of these students did themselves proud.