Local Students Travel for International Contest
Seven Design39Campus students were recently invited to the Future Problem Solvers (FPS) Program’s international competition at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Fifth grade teammates Brandon Chong, Safin Singh, Toby Leeder, and Vardaan Sinha qualified for the international competition by placing second at the California State competition. Third grader Bailey Leeder and fifth graders Aiden Leeder and Sophia Lim also attended the international competition.
Students from 29 states and 12 countries gathered for the event, tackling the theme of biosecurity. The competition involved four components: Community Problem Solving, Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS), Scenario Writing, and Scenario Performance. The Design39Campus students participated in GIPS, where they had a two-hour window to identify and plan to solve an underlying problem in a future scenario. After developing their action plan, they presented a four-minute skit titled Problem Solvers of the Caribbean, dressing as pirates to illustrate their solution to the audience.
The international event was an eye-opening experience for the students, who mingled with groups from other states and countries throughout the weekend. Language barriers were no obstacle to exchanging key chains and flags, or enjoying a friendly scavenger hunt and evening dance party. The variety show required students to collaborate with students from other FPS affiliates – the Design39Campus students joined forces with students from Nebraska to open the show with a dance act.
Design39Campus plans to build its FPS program here in 92127, and will be hosting the next state championship on its campus in April 2018.