Stevenson Pirates in the Upper and Middle Divisions recently competed in the Future Problem Solving (FPS) Program of California State Bowl, which was held both in-person and online on April 9-11. Many Stevenson students earned awards at the competition, and several will be moving on to represent Stevenson in the International Conference (June 2-6).

In the Senior Division, Team S311, which includes Aurora Wu ‘23, Joyce Jiang ‘23, Vivian Xiao ‘23, and Judy Yu ‘23, placed first in Global Issues Problem Solving. The team is invited to compete at the international conference in June. As an individual competitor, Aurora Wu placed first in Global Issues Problem Solving, and she received an invitation to compete solo at the International Conference. Team S312, which includes Cindy Chen, Melody Song, Sue Wu, Jonathan Zhou, placed in the top 10% of all Senior Division California teams.

In the Middle Division, Individual Sophia Yin ‘24 placed third in the Global Issues Problem Solving.

The FPS Program of California (FPS) is an affiliate program of FPS International, an educational non-profit founded to help students develop critical, creative, and futuristic thinking skills. The ultimate goal of FPS is to help young people apply their minds to pressing issues that the world faces today, so they can help create a better future.

According to the official FPS guidelines, students who compete in FPS “use a six-step process to explore challenges and propose action plans to solve complex societal problems. The FPS Process mirrors the linear approach of the scientific method, focused on: Understanding the Problem (via background research & asking multiple questions), Generating Ideas (hypothesis), and Planning for Action (developing conclusions/solutions & reporting results in writing).” The hope is that students who participate in FPS develop critical thinking and planning skills that will last them a lifetime.

We congratulate the Stevenson teams that received awards, and all of the Stevenson competitors for their hard work and commitment this year.