FPSP International Conference, Indiana
The Future Problem Solving Program International Conference (FPSPIC) is an annual event held in America, where finalists from each country comes together to compete on an international level. FPSP stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles. Our team, The Food Police, emerged national 3rd, thus was given a chance to compete at the IC, in the Community Problem Solving Senior Category (CmPS Senior). Our project is on advocating the reduction of food wastage as food wastage results in huge loss of resources, contributes to global warming and threatens food security. Through outreaches like ‘Growing your own vegetables’ workshops, “Empty Plate Movement”, pledges, storybooks and badges, the group reached out to students and the public to appreciate food and to reduce food wastage. At the IC, we presented our project by designing a scrapbook, a exhibition board, a video as well as to the judges through an interview at the IC. The highlight was the CmPS fair where many participants from other FPSP competitions visited the many project booths. The group shared their project with students, teachers and parents of participants at the fair and gained confidence and passion in advocating for reduction of food wastage.
Going to the FPSP International Conference was an eye-opener and one that definitely taught us to be a citizen with a global outlook. We got to interact with people from different countries, different race and different schools. We learn a lot more about others’ culture and the many other things we seldom see in our own countries. Through our stay at the hostel, we talked to our neighbours in the room next to us, across us and even down the corridors and from simple conversations, we could see the differences between us. For example, we came to know that even things like saying ‘Merry Christmas’ is not practiced in every country, while some actually says “Happy Christmas” and some people are not even aware that Singaporeans mostly speak English. Such moments really hit me to realise that we’re just one individual from a small country and there’s just so much more unknown in the bigger world past our home, past our own country. Such an experience to interact with people all over the world at the same time is hard to come by and is one truly treasured.