Girls competing in Future problem solving
10 September 2018

Future Problem Solving

​We are delighted to announce that Annabelle Strachan, Sarah Myatt, Emily Beckley, and Rhianna Jones, all of Year 8, have made it to the 2018 national finals for Future Problem Solving. These results are a credit to the girls and we now look forward to a weekend trip to Melbourne to attend Monash University where the girls will compete against other schools in Australia.

Future Problem Solving is a program run by the learning enrichment department one lunchtime a week. The girls have been working solidly throughout the year to fine tune their creative and future-oriented thinking skills. The program itself calls for collaboration in groups of four on a future problem based on current events.​ The girls research the topics and their findings generate interesting conversations on how they might be solved. The girls enjoy the challenge of thinking 20 years ahead. â€‹

This year the problems presented range from the spread of infectious disease, cloud storage, toxic waste, and philanthrocapitalism. Written into fictitious scenarios, the girls follow a six-step process where they identify as many problems as they can, come up with creative solutions, and then a structured action plan that has both a positive and humane impact on the scenario.

I think the girls would agree that the most interesting facet of Future Problem Solving is its ability to encourage creative thinking. When thinking futuristically, the girls are able to challenge themselves to come up with new and innovative ideas and then harness them into a workable plan. As they collaborate, it has been wonderful to watch them develop their skills and work confidently as a team. The four finalists are excited to be travelling to Melbourne in October.

I would like thank all the girls who competed in the program this year and I would encourage anyone who would like to be involved in Future Problem Solving to let me know. 

From the girls:

I have enjoyed Future Problem Solving because it is a great opportunity to work in a team and channel creativity and critical thinking into something that can develop practical skills which can be utilised elsewhere. Annabelle Strachan

I found Future Problem Solving interesting and challenging, and I really enjoyed learning about issues that are relevant to today and tomorrow. Sarah Myatt

Ms Jane Krauss
Future Problem Solving Coach