Recognition of Rangi Ruru Future Problem Solvers

FPS second place-Eugene In, Abby Croot, Suzanna Davis, Ruby Blake-Manson

One of Rangi Ruru’s senior Future Problem Solving teams has secured a place at the International Future Problem Solving competition with a win and overall second place at the national finals held in Auckland on 29 and 30 October.

The team of Eugene In, Suzanna Davis, Ruby Blake-Manson and Abby Croot (all Year 11) won the dramatic presentation for their action plan and placed second overall in senior division of the Global Issues Team Problem Solving.

Competing against teams of students from Years 11-13, the young group impressed the judges with their written responses to the challenge of addressing future Global Workplace issues. The group then produced a Harry Potter influenced skit as a vehicle for their action plan to demonstrate a virtual immersion programme that improves your work-life integration.

Coach Sue Williams, said the team has done extremely well to make it to the national finals and to then go on to qualify for the international competition in the United States is a huge achievement.

“It is an honour for the girls as all teams at nationals are very skilled and clever. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved and the other girls’ ability to respond creatively to the topic-related scenario they were presented with at nationals,” said Mrs Williams.

The international finals will take place at the University of Wisconsin, USA in June 2017 and the team will be representing both Rangi Ruru and New Zealand.

In June this year, fellow Rangi Ruru student Sarah Lawrence (Year 10) attended the 2016 Future Problem Solving International Conference at Michigan State University where she placed 4th for her individual scenario writing and 2nd in the scenario writing team competition.

About Global Issues Problem Solving

Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) engages students in deep learning as they grapple with existing or emerging international issues. Topics are submitted by students and teachers around the world and they then have an opportunity to vote on which topics will be chosen for the year. There are five topics. Most students complete three of these during Terms 1-3. The other two topics are for the National Finals and the International Finals. Topics are always chosen from a range of disciplines.

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