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Meadow Elementary School Takes Home Top Prizes in Future Problem Solver State Bowl

Meadow's Project Kind Kids

Team “Project Kind Kids” Wins First Place and Advances to International-Level 

For the first time, Meadow Elementary School of the Baldwin Union Free School District (UFSD) competed in the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) for the 2018-2019 school year, taking home first place in in the “Community Problem Solver” category. Because of this, they will now advance to the international level.

Meadow is the only Long Island school to win in the Junior Division. All three of Meadow’s teams who competed placed in the top three of their competition, including second and third place for the “Global Issue Problem Solvers” category.

Awards Received:

  • Community Problem Solving: 1st  Place in New York State – Team Project Kind Kids
  • Global Issues Problem Solvers: 2nd Place in New York State - Team One Step Ahead
  • Global Issues Problem Solvers: 3rd Place in New York State - Team Storm Thinkers
  • Presentation of Action Plan (skit): 2nd Place in New York State - Team Storm Thinkers

The Competition

The Future Problem Solver State Bowl took place on Sunday, March 31st at Freeport High School. Meadow competed in three of the five components, which are Global Issue Problem Solving, Presentation of Action Plan, Community Problem Solving, Scenario Writing, and Scenario Performance. Whichever team takes home first place for the Global Issue Problem Solvers category or the Community Problem Solvers category goes on to the international competition in June. The five-day competition starts June 5, 2019 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and draws 2,500 problem solving champions from the 23,000+ students who compete at local and regional levels throughout the school year from 13 different countries.

Meadow’s Project Kind Kids—15 students in fourth and fifth grade—had to present their display board to demonstrate their entire process to date on solving their identified problem of unkindness. They were then interviewed by a panel of judges.  

Spreading Kindness

For the Community Problem Solving portion of the competition, the 15 students worked together to use the six-step problem solving process to solve a real-world problem in the community. The students identified unkindness as a problem. The students created a plan of action to solve this problem. The team identified the underlying problems, generated a list of possible solutions, created an action plan, divided the work and created mini teams to complete each task.

The students have worked on training and implementing a Peer Mediation Program to take place during lunch periods. They wrote a script for a film to teach the school about the new peer mediation program and how it can help them to solve conflicts that occur. In addition, they created a rap music video to further promote kindness, which they debuted during a “Kindness” assembly they hosted. The assembly featured a guest speaker from Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, who discussed the impact of kindness on their lives. 

The team also implemented a morning greeters group (pictured below) to welcome students to school each morning so that they will start the day on the right foot.  

Meadow Greeters

About the Future Problem Solving Program

The Future Problem Solving Program was founded in 1974 by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance. 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. FPSPI involves thousands of students annually from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom, the United States and many more countries. For more information about the competition, visit the FPSPI website.