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Future Problem Solvers

Resources to support students on MLWGS teams competing in Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI). Coach: Mrs. Boswell.

Tips for leveraging databases and open source sites to enhance the FLEXIBILITY and FLUENCY of your solutions, as well as your ability to ELABORATE on ideas.

  • SHIFT search language. Generate an expansive word bank related to your topic, including vocabulary that reflects how stakeholders with different points-of-view talk about topic. Then – in any search interface – compare results when you search with terms used by people with one perspective versus another
  • Continuously enhance your list of potential search words with subject terms (AP Source), subject headings (PowerSearch), keywords (Science Direct), and topics (JSTOR) assigned to articles related to your topic by database providers.
  • AP Source – limit results to articles from Trade Publications to read perspectives of industries and professional organizations related to a topic
  • PowerSearch – contrast articles published in different cities or countries by using Advanced Search and including a box in your search that looks for a specific country or city name in the Publication Title field
  • Allsides – use the Filter by Bias option on your search results to contrast news from sources considered left, center, or right in the U.S. political landscape
  • Opposing Viewpoints – can give you a quick sense of some contrasting perspectives, but may need to seek more recent coverage for some topics

2017-2018 Topics

Toxic Materials (Problem #2)

You may wish to begin by reviewing the suggested readings from FPSPI and adding key words from these readings to the list of potential search words you gleaned from the problem description.

Resources for further study from international organizations, U.S. government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies:

Philanthrocapitalism (Qualifying problem)

You may wish to begin by reviewing the suggested readings from FPSPI and adding key words from these readings to the list of potential search words you gleaned from the problem description.

 

 

 

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