Future Problem Solving - International Competition

Future Problem Solving - International Competition

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Last week, Senior College student Charles Box participated in the Future Problem Solving Virtual International Conference. The conference was originally going to be held in the United States, but with the current COVID-19 travel restrictions, it was moved online, with competitors from around the world connecting virtually for both the competition and networking events.

Charles arrived at school at 6.00am last Friday morning to attend the Opening Service. The service included a virtual flag bearing ceremony. Charles had been selected as the Australian flag bearer and had submitted a photo of himself wearing his Surf Lifesaving uniform, an iconic Aussie outfit! They also played the national anthems of all participating countries. 

Following the service, Charles competed in the Individual Middle Division addressing the topic of Terraforming. The scenario presented to Charles focused on problems in a post-terraformed world. In his response, Charles chose to focus on the political implications of a post-terraformed world. In two-hours, Charles developed eight solution ideas and submitted his booklet online.

Over the weekend, Charles also had the opportunity to participate in a number of networking events online. In place of the traditional memento exchange, participants could engage in an online scavenger hunt using avatars to collect cultural mementos from around the world. Different virtual interaction spaces were also set up, so Charles could network and chat with other students.

The results of the competition were announced at the Closing Service on Wednesday this week. Unfortunately, Charles didn’t place in the top three of his division. However, it is a huge achievement to reach the international level and Charles should be commended on his adaptability as he adjusted to the changing context of the competition. We congratulate Charles on his tremendous success and look forward to the national competition later this year.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Enrichment