The Future Problem Solving Program of New Jersey, Inc. is an accredited Affiliate of the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) and operates as a nonprofit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in the New Jersey State region.
The New Jersey Future Problem Solving Program, Inc., has provided the platform and guidance to students to enrich their creative problem solving skills for more than thirty years. Founded in 1974 by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles.
FPSPI engages students in creative problem solving within the curriculum and provides competitive opportunities. Future Problem Solving Program International involves thousands of students annually from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, and the United States.
We are dedicated to enriching young people's lives by providing them with the necessary creative problem solving foundations and skills. Through comprehensive guidance and rigorous competition, we hope to give students in New Jersey a set of tools which allow them critically identify problems and strategically develop viable solution plans.
NJFPS gives students an opportunity to evaluate futuristic scenarios as well as identify local challenges present in their own communities. The competitive nature of our program encourages students to not only generate innovative solution plans after analysis, but to implement the solutions in a sustainable and measurable way. NJFPS is dedicated to providing students with skills which are invaluable to their academic and professional careers.
By learning the FPS six step process, students develop critical and creative thinking as well as problem solving and decision making skills. This helps students to improve their academic and social achievement In addition, the six step problem-solving model when integrated into the lives of the students, gives them a competitive edge when applying for jobs and building sustainable futures.
The New Jersey Future Problem Solving Program is open to all students in grades K-12 or equivalent school year levels. A school affiliation is not required to participate in the program. Home schoolers or community teams in school districts where FPS is not offered are also encouraged to join the program. Annually, over 250,000 students from around the world participate in Future Problem Solving Program activities.
The Future Problem Solving Program teaches a six step approach which serves as a dynamic framework for creative thinking processes:
Students can participate in one of four divisions in the competitive NJFPS components:
Students in the Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) component will compete in the following competitions yearly. The topics for each of the competitions are chosen by students on the international level by vote and change annually.
Students or Coaches who would like to register to be a participant in the program should click here.