Keene’s Crossing Elementary School fifth graders Morgan Gustovich and Hammad Khan are headed to Future Problem Solvers International Competition June 1-5 at Michigan State University.
At the state competition held in Orlando, Morgan placed first overall in the junior individual competition. Hammad participated as part of a wild card team, placing second in his division.
At these competitions, student receive questions about a future situation. They have two hours to identify problems, including the largest problem, come up with solutions, come up with criteria, use a mathematical matrix, and write a business action plan.
At state, the students were tasked with the future scenario of creating a good work-life balance when working from home is common and people even more plugged into devices.
The competitions are intended to encourage critical and creative thinking skills and develop students’ vision for the future.
Six other schools in Orange County had students qualify for the international competition.
“FPS has helped me to teach my students HOW to think, not what to think,” said Ashley Sabat, Keene’s Crossing Elementary School coach. “This will have a lasting impact on them throughout their school careers and into their adult lives.”
To donate to help the Keene’s Crossing students go to the competition, call Keene’s Crossing Elementary at (407)654-1351.
Contact Jennifer Nesslar at [email protected].