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Future problem solvers take on a possible future

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Units of inquiry and the interdisciplinary approaches they cultivate are helping Wesley students develop problem solving strategies, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, and effective communication – and address some of the significant issues facing the world of today and the future

Futuristic and creative thinking and excellent story writing skills earned three students places in the Future Problem Solving National Championships – and for one, a place in the worldwide final  - as Kathy Bernardi reports.

Three students from our Middle and Senior Schools have demonstrated sophisticated futuristic and creative thinking, detailed understanding of complex topics and excellent story writing skills – earning them a place in the national finals of the Future Problem Solving Championships.

The Future Problem Solving Program Australia is an academic program that teaches problem solving strategies, collaboration, critical thinking and effective communication. Year 8 student Chloe Parker, and Year 10 students Charlotte Foord and David Xiang competed in the Scenario Writing Competition at the finals in October.

The trio was required to analyse topics such as International Travel, Sleep Patterns, Gamification and Living in Poverty. They then developed a logical, creative and thought-provoking written scenario in which characters experience problems and develop solutions at time set in the future.

Charlotte placed second in the Senior Division of the competition and will go on to represent Australia at the International Conference in 2021.  We wish her well in the next stage of the competition.

Kathy Bernardi is an Individual Needs Teacher and coordinator of the Future Problem Solving Championship team at Wesley College’s Glen Waverley Campus