Glenside Future Problem Solvers

Coaches: Mrs. Pasternack & Mrs. Rickel

Next meeting: December 16th - no meeting December 23rd

We will be meeting at 8:00 am on December 16th in the library.

How can Parents help?

On December 16th, we will be spending time explaining the requirements for the skit portion of the Elkins Park FPS Bowl. The skit is based on the action plan that they generate. The skits will be performed in front of a few teachers/judges and evaluated according to a specific score sheet. The highest scoring teams will perform their skit in front of an audience at closing ceremonies. Speak with your child regarding his/her talents. How could he/she use his/her strengths to benefit the team? Is your child a great leader or time manager? Artist? Singer? Dancer? Communicator? Poet? Everyone has strengths. Knowing your natural talents, skills and abilities will bring you one step closer to being a great problem solver.

What the students will be doing this week

The FPS students will be developing a skit that shows how they would convince politicians to enact a law banning the sales of cosmetics that use animals to test their products.


This skit will help solve the following Underlying Problem (UP):


Because there are many cases where the treatment of animals may be considered unethical, in what ways might we the FPS help promote animal rights so the exploitation of animals is reduced in the world in 2030?

Future Problem Solving Skit

Objective: to present a live performance showcasing the team's response to their Underlying Problem (UP) - the development of their action plan.

Develop a skit based on the team’s Action Plan.

Create props using the suggested “tools” and the items found in the prop bag. Props enhance the ideas presented and can make the presentation exciting. For judging purposes, props should be large enough for the audience to see and recognize.

Use all the talents of team members to the best advantage. Everyone in the group should be actively involved.

Sell the action plan idea. Humor is effective. Teams often parody a popular song or story, or create slogans, jingles or catchphrases to entertain the audience, but the goal is to convey information, not simply to provide amusement.

Prepare an ending for the presentation. The audience should know when you are finished.

Six-Steps to Problem Solving

1. Identify Challenges to the topic or Future Scene.

2. Select an Underlying Problem.

3. Produce Solution Ideas to the Underlying Problem.

4. Generate and Select Criteria to Evaluate Solution Ideas.

5. Apply Criteria to Solution Ideas.

6. Develop an Action Plan.