Involvement

Our Involvement and Achievements in the Program

1999

*1st Non Competitive Booklet Team and Scenario Writing
In 1999, participated in the Australian Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP).
This team was recommended to participate competitively in 2000 by FPSP Australia.

2000
1st Competitive Booklet Team and Scenario Writing
*In 2000 the first competitive GIPS team was invited to the International Conference and Finals in Atlanta in 2001.
*This year also saw Gayathri Nair being placed 3rd in the Australian finals of the Scenario Writing component with her story “The True Champion”.

2001
*In June 2001, the first Asian and the first Malaysian team participated at the International Conference and finals at the University of Georgia, USA.

2002
*The new team “Project GAZE” met the requirements of the community problems solving component and was invited to participate in the IC in Connecticut, USA in 2003 but did not for valid reasons.

2003
*The middle division GIPS team was invited and attended the Australian finals in Sydney.

2004
*Junior GIPS teams were invited and attended the Australian finals in Melbourne.

2005
*A middle GIPS team and two students were invited to the Australian finals.

2006
*The middle GIPS team attended the IC in Colorado.

2007
*The middle GIPS team, the CmPS team and 3 alternates competed at Australian finals

2008
*The senior CmPS team, Project BEST attended the IC at the University of Michigan. They were placed 4th in their category.

2009
*With the introduction of scenario performance at the Australian affiliate, we had three students attempting this component. We did not attend the Australian finals but submitted our project to the finals.

2010
*The CmPS team, Project CASTE presented at the IC at the University of Wisconsin. They were placed 2nd in their category
*We presented to the Ministry of Education to facilitate schools participating in the program.

2011
*Malaysian GIPS teams participate at the IC at the University of Wisconsin.
*Malaysia becomes a full affiliate
*The Malaysian Affiliate Director is awarded the International John Daughtery award
for her work in the field of education especially in The Future Problem Solving Program.

2012
*The first FPSP cross cultural project with the High School Decorah in Iowa presented at the IC at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.
*We also had a middle GIPS teams, 2 junior alternates and 2 middle scenario writers participate in the on-site scenario writing competition

2013
*3 GIPS juniors participated at IC at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.

2014.
*2 junior scenario writers participated in the on-site scenario writing competition.
*A GIPS alternate and an individual also participated at the IC at the University of Iowa.
*The alternate from Malaysia and her team won the 2nd place in their category.

2015
Selection pending the finals and evaluation in November/December 2104

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Abbreviations
GIPS – Global Issues Problem Solving
CmPS – Community Problem Solving
SCW – Scenario Writing
SCP – Scenario Performance

Topics over the years that FPSPM  students  have  participated in.   

Year Topic Topic Topic Topic Topic
1999-2000 Fads  Amateur Sports  Internet TheFinancial Security Genetic Engineering
2000-2001 Tourism World Population Water  Habitats  Global Interdependence
2001-2002 Alternative Energy Educational Options Organ Donations Environmental Law Virtual Corporations
2002-2003 Sports Medicine E- Commerce Nanotechnology  DNA Identification Worldwide Communication
2003-2004 Smart Clothes Rage and Bullying Artificial Intelligence Media Impact  Immigration
2004-2005 Entertainment  Terrorism/Security Agriculture of the 21st Century Depletion of Oceanic Species Business Crime
2005-2006 Climate Change/Climate Threat Freedom of Speech Nutrition  Healthcare Access Redistribution of Wealth
2006-2007 Fundraising/Charity Giving

 

Protection of National Treasures Cultural Prejudice  Caring for Our Elders  Privacy
2007-2008 Body Enhancement Simulation Technology  Neuro-technology  Debt in Developing Countries Child Labor 
2008-2009 Olympic Games  Cyber Conflict Space Junk  Counterfeit Economy Pandemic
2009-2010 Sensory Overload InvasiveSpecies Orphaned Children Food Distribution Green Living
2010-2011 Healthy Living Air Transport Genetic Testing  Water Quality Emergency Planning
2011-2012 All In A Day’s Work Coral Reefs  Human Rights  Trade Barriers  Pharmaceuticals
2012-2013 Culture of Celebrity Robotic Age  Megacities  Ocean Soup Global Status of Women
2013-2014 Social Isolation Desertification  SurveillanceSociety Land Transportation TBA
2014-2015  The Impact of Social Media Processed Foods  Propaganda  Enhancing Human Potential TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                  

 

Community Projects carried out by Malaysian students as part of  the Community Problem Solving (CmPS) component

1. Project GAZE (2002) 

1st ever attempt at trying to address a real life challenge. 4 students attempted to work on creating awareness about reducing littering as well as reusing /recycling office materials (cartridges, printouts etc.)

 

2. Project BEST (2008)

Students have identified the problem of poor hygiene in school toilets. Project BEST (Better School Toilets) is aimed at creating toilet hygiene awareness, equipping school toilets with the necessary amenities and maintaining cleanliness of school toilets.

 

3. Project CASTE (2011)


Project CASTE (Create Awareness in the Society about Terrible Eateries) is aimed at helping the public make right decisions in choosing where to eat and helping them realize the threats that they will have to face if they keep eating at dirty eateries.

 

4. Project R.A.D.I.C.A.L (2012)

Project R.A.D.I.C.A.L (Real Appreciation for Differences in Culture and Lifestyles) sees a group of high school students from Iowa, USA and Malaysia working on improving cross cultural communication skills. The aim of this project is to enhance understanding of diverse cultures in Malaysia and Decorah with the hope of educating students in Malaysia, Decorah and beyond to have a better understanding about the various cultures amongst them. Due to the lack of knowledge and understanding of various cultures in their communities, they decided to address the question of “how might we in our immediate school communities increase our knowledge of each other’s culture so that cross-cultural bonds amongst other members in our communities may also be strengthened in the years beyond 2012?”

Presently 2014- 2015

Project CAT (Cane and Trophy –still in progress)

Students in almost all environments in Malaysia very often receive some form of punishment.

This team finds this very worrying especially in schools.
So they decided to address “How might we, Project CAT (Cane and Trophy) help create a better learning environment which minimizes the use of punishment, so that students have a better learning environment to perform at their optimum?

 

2nd Project (name yet to be decided, work on the underlying challenge still in progress but  pending)

‘This project started when FPSPM, through The Skills Mill was invited to hold a drama workshop in a local private hospital, SDMC. There we were able to work together with cancer survivors and cancer patients from the pediatric department TO enjoy themselves for one day. All of us felt happy and proud to be able to actually do this. We then became interested in pursuing the activity in a more organized way so that it does not appear to be a one off activity. We wish to be able to interact and communicate with the terminally ill children in local government hospitals such as UH because we feel more children there may be financially challenged and lack opportunities .We want to reach out to these children to show them that people are interested in their wellbeing.

 

How might we create opportunities for interaction and communication for people who care to participate in our efforts so that the lives of children who are critically or terminally ill can be improved?