Future Problem Solving - It's Over
The FPS conference is over. New Zealands chances at sticking it to the Americans are also over, that said those chances were shut down when we shut our incomplete booklet at the two hour time limit. However despite a small amount of incompleteness we were still fairly pleased, aware that some key components had been done to a high standard. Having seen the marking/results, we can confirm this presumption – however the lack of similar standard in other sections of the booklet meant we did not make the top10/52 teams, our ranking is to be confirmed. We were more successful on a different front though – the presentation of action plan, a more practical component of FPS that requires competitors to present their ‘action plan’ (completed in the booklet) in the most straightforward and interesting way possible. Although we thought our chances were weak in this category we took it out, gaining first place and subsequently presenting our action plan to the whole conference at prize giving. Alongside competing and preparing for the formal elements of the conference, we spent a lot of time meeting people and making new friends.
This culminated in our attempt to audition for the conference’s variety/talent show. We planned a musical extravaganza involving the Kristin team, New Zealanders, Australians and Americans. Unfortunately our audition was unsuccessful – likely due to the presence of ‘fat American jokes’ within our performance, which did not go down well with the judges. Nonetheless it was fun to put it together.
By Joe Gauld