FPS team places first in senior division

Sophomores Brittany Cho, Aalekhya Tenali, Olivia Escandell and Michelle Morency placed first in the senior division for their team booklet in the Future Problem Solvers’ scenario district competition at the School Board offices in Viera on Tuesday. This writing competition required participants to submit a 1,500 word scenario based at least 25 years in the future on a futuristic topic.

In addition, freshman Ilana Krause, Sam Lack and Tania Martin and eighth-grader Esha Bansal won fifth place in the middle division for their booklet as well. Both teams will go on to the state competition on March 20-23, along with seventh-graders Srimya Tenali, Hunter Schwartz, Killian Thrush and Atharva Chopde.

Bansal also won first and Krause placed second in the middle division out of 58 scenarios. Cho received second place and sophomore Typhina Mikhail placed third in the senior division out of 19 scenarios. In both divisions, the scenarios that placed first, second and third will be submitted to the international FPS office to be evaluated at the international competition in June.

FPS is a competition in which students are presented with a futuristic scenario. They must find a challenge within this scenario and solve it using a six-step method. The task includes creating a booklet in which teams find challenges, pick the biggest problem, create solutions, evaluate the solutions, pick the best one and create an action plan where students explain how they will implement their solution.

Roar staff report