Glenside Future Problem Solvers

Coaches: Mrs. Pasternack & Mrs. Rickel

Next meeting: Jan 20

We will be meeting at 8:00 am on January 20th in the library.

How can Parents help?

Please continue discussing the topic The Global Workplace with your child. This is the topic that we will be discussing in FPS during the months of January and February.

Please discuss the idea that manufacturing jobs in the United States continue to drop due to advances in technology requiring less human input or outsourcing to countries where people work for less money.

District Problem Solving Bowl will be on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

As we get closer to the date, we will let you know the time of the bowl. Parents attend the award ceremony which occurs in the evening.

What the students will be doing this week

For the Elkins Park Bowl, each group will be asked to come up with 16 challenges. A challenge is an issue, concern, or problem in the Future Scene that needs attention.

The best challenge statements do the following:

1. Start with “In this future scene”, “In this scenario”, “In the year ______,” or “In (location) _______”

2. States an important fact from the Future Scene

3. Explains the challenge that can be developed from this fact

4. Tells why it is a challenge

5. Avoids extremes and absolutes. The words may result and might cause or could cause are used instead of the words will and shall. Extremes like proclaiming widespread death, economic ruin, or the end of the world as we know it should be softened to more reasonable consequences.

6. Address many different categories

7. Uses topic vocabulary

A challenge is scored well in the FPS bowl if it has a strong possibility of existing or occurring if the Future Scene were to occur. The cause/effect relationship is a logical cause of the scene or a logical result of the actions within the scene. Challenges that merely restate a problem stated in the future scene are not scored well, unless the stated challenge further extends the cause/effect relationship. The challenge should identify what the concern is, why it is a concern and how it relates to the Future Scene.

Each challenge the team writes needs to be different. Any challenge that is too contextually similar to another challenge- cannot receive additional credit. Students should demonstrate flexibility in their thinking and explore challenges from different perspectives or categories.

State exactly who is facing the problem. Do not use pronouns such a 'we' or 'they'.

Sample Global Workplace challenge statements:

Psychological health:

In this Future Scene, the majority of adults communicate with their colleagues through technology rather than through face to face interactions. Disconnection from colleagues might cause adults to feel isolated.

Law & Justice:

In 2045, Employees meet with clients in their homes rather than meeting in office buildings. Having strangers come to your home might cause an increase in home robberies.

Social relationships:

In Atlanta, Georgia, the average adult works for 30 different companies during his working career. Switching jobs so frequently may cause employees not to build close relationships with their coworkers.


In this scenario, workers are not constrained by Monday to Friday, nine to five jobs. Fluctuating work hours may result in parents not being able to commit to weekly activities such as coaching their children’s teams.


In Dallas, rapidly advancing technology has led to the majority of communications between co-workers to be in the form of emails and texts. Communicating in writing without facial expressions or tone of voice, may cause miscommunication.

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.