Ocean Air students to attend prestigious 2012 Future Problem Solving Program International Conference

Seven Ocean Air Elementary School students are invited to the prestigious 2012 Future Problem Solving Program International Conference. The 2012 International Conference will be held June 7 – June 10 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., and will be hosted by the Indiana Future Problem Solving Program.

The 6th grade team of Sathya Krishnasamy, Rithvik Rao, Presley Silahian and Sarah Teruya won second place in the State Bowl held in San Diego on April 28-29 and qualified for the international competition. In the International Conference, this team will compete in the Global Issues Problem Solving Team Competition.

Sixth grade students Caroline Mackey and Maclaine Parish, who also participated in the State Bowl, will compete in the Global Issues Problem Solving Alternate Competition. In both these competitions, teams are given a future scene. Then the teams use the Future Problem Solving Program’s six-step model to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems in the given future scene.

Fifth grade student Soumika Guduru, who won second place in State in the Scenario writing competition is invited to the International Conference to participate in the On-Site Scenario Writing Competition. In this competition, students are randomly assigned to writing teams of three or four students. Teams write a spontaneous scenario based on the International Conference Future Scene.

Ocean Air’s teacher Ariella Leeder, who is going to accompany the students to the International Conference, is coaching them for this exciting event.

The International Conference features outstanding creative problem solving students from around the world. While the Ocean Air students’ primary focus is the competition, the International Conference also provides them with many unique opportunities. These students will have the chance to meet students from Australia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, and most states within the U.S.A. Exciting activities and tours will make the International Conference an experience these students will long remember. More than 2,000 students, coaches, and family members will attend the 2012 International Conference.

This year’s International Conference topic for future problem solving competitions is “Pharmaceuticals.”