Glenside Future Problem Solvers

Coaches: Mrs. Pasternack & Mrs. Rickel

Next meeting: February 10th

We will be meeting at 8:00 am on February 10th in the library. We will have a special guest join us for FPS on Feb 10. Isaac's mom, Ms. Comisar, is a former future problem solver. She works for a global company that requires her to interact with colleagues, vendors and regulatory agencies all over the world. Our FPS students will have the opportunity to ask Ms. Comisar about the challenges that she faces working in a global workplace and to discuss how the current challenges may increase in the future.

How Parents can help

For homework, the students were asked to work on their song. Please encourage your children to practice their songs and make improvements.

What the students worked on this week

During this week's FPS session, each team changed the lyrics of a song to include information from the Underlying Problem (UP) that they wrote last week. They did a nice job considering that they only had 30 minutes to generate lyrics. During the EP Bowl, they will be required to develop a skit. They are not required to use a song in their skit, but most judges enjoy listening to the FPS students sing :-)

Team #1: Liam, Esther, Monique, Cailyn

UP: Since working from home may cause disconnection from colleagues which may cause adults to feel isolated how might we encourage employees to meet professionals in their field in person so that they can feel connected in Dallas in 2045

Old McDonald:

Old McDonald had a job


Then he started to work from home


With no friends here

And no friends there

Everywhere no friends

No friends anywhere.

Old McDonald had a job


Team #2: Myanah, Sophie, Reilly, Keegan, Will

UP: Since having strangers come to your home might cause an increase in home robberies how might we encourage people to meet in public places so that strangers are not entering the employees houses in the year 2045 in Dallas, Texas.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat:

Please stop working from home

Strangers will come in your house,

They may steal something you really like

Your computer or your blouse.

I understand that it is fun

Watching TV on your couch,

When you are having a meeting

a stranger could take your pouch.

Team #3: Sofia, Maya, Amelia, Tabitha

UP: Since switching jobs frequently might result in employees not building close relationships with their coworkers how might we encourage employees to take time to get to know one another so that the employees have improved workplace satisfaction in Dallas in 2045

Don't Stop Believin'

Just a workin' girl,

With no work friends

'Cause she's switching jobs every week

Just a working' boy,

With no work dudes to hang out with anymore

Some employees in an empty room,

Knowing no one cause they are new.

Always thinking 'bout getting a work friend.

Don't stop working

Just, stop, switching jobs

And make some work friends too

Don't switch!

Team #4: Caroline, Maggie, Aidan, Isaac

UP: Since fluctuating work hours may result in parents not being able to commit to weekly activities such as coaching their children's teams, how might we encourage employees to provide employers with set blocks of weekly work-free time so that parents can schedule consistent time to be with their children in Dallas, Texas in 2045

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Work, work, work less hours

So you won't be so stressed.

Listen, listen, listen

Then you can rest.

Work, work, work less hours

So you can have more fun

Done, done, done, done, done

Then you can play and run

Team #5: Christian, Jack, Peter, Sam

Since communicating in writing without facial expressions or tone of voice may cause miscommunication how might we encourage employees to speak to one another in person, on the phone or using Facetime so that communication problems are reduced in Dallas in 2045

Viva La Vida:

I used to roll the dice

Feel the fear in my useless voice

Emailed as dinner was served

Now we only text and that's all I do

Next people were away from me

And now there's miscommunication

And now I don't know how you feel

Sample songs that could be changed for skit

Change by Taylor Swift

Fireworks by Katy Perry

The Times They are Changin by Bob Dylan

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

The Story of Your Life by Matt West

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.

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." -Desmond Tutu