TREX8 wrote:verykiasu2010 wrote:http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum/viewtopic.php?t=30&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=1600
just go back a few pages on the discussion on FPSP
DD participated in FPS. FPS is a competition involving different components and different categories (based on age/academic level).
There are various components (http://www.fpspi.org/Components.html) and her school signed the kids up for 'Global Issues Problem Solving' where a team of 4 students used the FPSP six-step model to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems. For Primary 5, they are under the Junior category.
During FPS lessons, DD's teacher guided them through the model and they practised using practice problems which are marked and returned to the team with feedback. Her team took part in the FPS competition which straddles over 2 years (depending on how far into the competition they managed to progress).
For 2010/2011, the preliminary round was held in June 2010 at RGS. The results were recently released. Selected teams will participate in the National Round to be held in 4 & 6 Nov in RGS (I think, not too sure about the venue but pretty sure about the dates).
The winning team from the National Round gets to participate in the FPSP International Conference to be held in USA in June 2011.
The results released on the FPSP website are for those teams that participated in the 2009/2010 competition.
DD enjoys FPS tremendously and she likes it better than IRS which is compulsory in Pri4. There is no reports to write (unlike IRS) and no prototype to produce (unlike IvP). However, it is not an 'easy' option as her team has to read up extensively and do lots of research. Working in a team also present opportunity for her to horn her social skills and appreciate the importance of team work.
From my perspective, a child who is strong in language, is creative (the team needs to visualise into the future, some 20 yrs away) and has an interest in social issues will like FPS. Also, I like the exposure to topics like 'orphans' (theme for preliminary round) and 'food distribution' (theme for national round) as they allow DD to be aware of the plight of the less fortunate and opens her eyes the problems, not just locally but globally.
Hope the above information is useful.
The National Director for Singapore Chapter is in RGS
BTW, if u don't mind me asking, is your DD in GEP ?