For eight years, Silver Bow Montessori School has fielded a team or teams in the Future Problem Solving Program International academic competitions at the regional and international levels.
Elementary students from Silver Bow Montessori School represented Montana from June 10 through 14 at the International Conference of Future Problem Solving Program International (FPS) held at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Carson Barry, Grant Smith, Hannah Morin-Ferguson, and Maiya Carpenter were the delegates from Montana in the Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) team competition, junior division.
The Montessori team competed among 57 elementary-aged teams consisting of champion teams from each state, province, or nation represented. The FPS-IC had teams from 13 countries and 31 US states. The students were coached by Don Kronenberger, director and elementary teacher at Silver Bow Montessori School.
The FPS international conference focused on the topic of intellectual property. Competitors prepared written problem solving analyses in response to a future scene and performed presentations of their action plans.
The FPS IC’s opening and closing ceremonies featured flag processions in which Hannah Morin-Ferguson carried the flag of the State of Montana. In addition to the academic competition, students traded mementos with participants from around the world, toured local attractions, and held a variety show.
The Montessori students received the invitation by winning Montana first place at the Washington State Bowl of the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI), held in Stanwood, WA in April, 2015.
Founded by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, FPSPI stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles. FPSPI involves thousands of students annually from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States.