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Future Problem Solvers qualify for state bowl

Apr 08, 2013
Photo by: Future Problem Solvers The first-place senior division (grades 10-12) team is pictured. They are Ben Ferreira, Megan Winborn, Stephen Nus and Ben Snyder.

The Iowa Future Problem Solving Program has announced the teams qualifying for the FPS State Bowl to be held April 12-13 at Iowa State University. Among the top 62 teams in Iowa are three area teams and one individual.

In the senior division the team of Ben Ferreira (Colin and Cheryl), Stephen Nus (Paul and Nancy), Ben Snyder (Jamie and Michelle) and Megan Winborn (Andy and Pat) placed first at the Regional Bowl.

Also in the senior division, Anna Berhow (Mark and Jodi) will participate in the individual competition.

The middle division team advancing to the State Bowl is comprised of Charity Barker (Marshall and Carolyn), Jonathan Cain (Terry and Michelle), James Lamansky (Dan and Anne), and Kirsten Nus (Paul and Nancy). They placed second at the Regional Bowl.

Representing the junior division will be the second-place team of Caleb Ferreira (Colin and Cheryl), Nate Lamansky (Dan and Anne), Sarah Snyder (Jamie and Michelle), and Lauren Winborn (Andy and Pat).

Future Problem Solving involves using a six-step problem-solving process to analyze futuristic situations. The topic of the FPS Regional Bowl was “Megacities,” cities with a population of 10 million or more. The specific future situation concerned a megacity being planned for an artificial island off the coast of South Korea. This city was to be self-sustaining and equipped with 2041 technology such as flying iDrones to monitor the megacity, autonomous robots to respond to medical needs, and underwater maglev trains for transportation.

Teams advancing to the Future Problem Solving State Bowl are studying “Ocean Soup,” problems associated with plastic waste suspended in the world’s seas. All students are home schooled, and their coach is Paula Moore.

 

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