Global Issues Problem Solving
Students use the six-step problem solving model to engage with topics that are of global concern. Annually, there are two practice problems, a qualifying problem, and a state conference in Alabama. Evaluators review students’ work and return to the with feedback.
In Alabama, both team GIPS and individual GIPS competitions are offered. Teams usually consist of 3-4 students. Individuals are only responsible for composing 8 challenges and solutions in their booklets, while teams generate 16 of each.
Community Problem Solving
Students use the six-step problem solving model to identify a problem with their community (defined as a school, local community, region, state, or nation) and solve it. This hands-on learning experience allows students to connect the theoretical with actualized results!
Students choose one of the four topics for the year (or the International Conference topic from the year prior) and compose a 1500-word story set at least 20 years in the future. Students are encouraged to be creative and think outside of the box when generating these stories!