Glenside Future Problem Solvers

Coaches: Mrs. Pasternack & Mrs. Rickel

Next meeting: December 2nd

We will be meeting at 8:00 am on December 2nd in the library.


Last week, the students were split into teams. The teams are as follows:

  • Liam, Esther, Monique, Cailyn
  • Myanah, Sophie, Reilly, Keegan, Will
  • Sofia, Maya, Amelia, Tabitha
  • Caroline, Maggie, Aidan, Isaac
  • Christian, Jack, Peter, Sam

As of now, we plan to keep the students in the assigned teams for the remainder of FPS. We will monitor how well the groups work together and make changes if needed.

One member of each team will be responsible for memorizing each of the acronyms and for understanding the categories included in their acronym.

17 FPS Categories

There are 17 categories that will be taught to the Future Problem Solving students. Each child will be asked to recall one acronym: STREP, PLEDGE, CAB, BET

One student needs to memorize CAB and one student needs to memorize BET

Communication begins with language, which is how all humans communicate with one another. The category includes forms of communication such as speaking and writing, as well as the technology that is required for communicating: books, televisions, radios, telephones, computers.

Arts & Aesthetics includes fine arts such as painting and sculpture, as well as performing arts such as music, theater, dance, etc. Aesthetics includes anything that people value simply because it is pleasing. Some examples include having cut flowers in vases to make a table more appealing; decorating a room with certain style and other such things. Something is aesthetic if you can get along without it, but you’d still like to have it because it makes life a little bit nicer.

Basic Needs: can be thought of as the basic three: food, clothing & shelter. Humans everywhere must find a way to meet those three basic needs, or else they will not survive. How those needs are met, varies from one region of the world to another, depending on the climate and the resources that are available to people in that region.


Business & Commerce people and companies who produce, distribute and sell manufactured items, or provide services to people who pay for them. Includes factory production, farming; any type of job or business operation that is not run by the government

Ethics & Religion formal religion tells the people who believe it how to live their daily life, how to treat others, what is right and what is wrong for people to do. Religions involve belief in a divine being or deity, who is the source of religion’s set of rules for behavior and conduct. Systems of ethics also are rules for daily personal conduct, but they do rely upon a deity or supreme being to confer authority. Ethics simply means doing the right thing toward other people.

Technology: anything made or formed by humans which cannot be found in the natural world. Includes tools and equipment from the most basic (hammers, chisels, screwdrivers) to the most complex computers, cell phones, tablets, etc.

Singing for the skit portion

Part of the FPS Bowl includes performing a skit. This week, we will be asking the students to change the words to a popular song. We would like the song to be about the treatment of animals. Do animals have rights? Should animals be used by humans for profit, pleasure or scientific research?

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.