Sixth grade STEM Academy student Keshavi Bathula recently won the Junior Division of Georgia's Future Problem Solving Program's Scenario Writing Competition with her entry, “Adventure to the Bottom of the Sea." As a result, Keshavi is invited to participate in the 2021 Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) Conference this June and compete in the international scenario writing competition. She will also be recognized during the GA FPSP Awards Ceremony during the week of April 12.
Dr. Jimmie Cave, STEM principal, says, “I am extremely proud of Keshavi for her outstanding achievement. She is an incredible student, who I'm sure, we will hear about her many accomplishments in the future."
Developed in 1974 by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, FPSPI provides competitive and non-competitive components for students teaching critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making. For the scenario writing competition, students develop short stories related to one of five annual FPSPI topics. Entries are 1500 words or less, set at least 20 years in the future, and are an imagined, but logical, outcome of actions or events taking place in the world. Student work is assessed based on the character, plot, and the feasibility of possible outcomes which directly reflect trends in the researched topic. Over 250,000 students have participated in the competition in the last 10 years from 37 states and 14 countries.
“It was a challenge to get the program started this year but Keshavi was determined. I am really proud of her and have high hopes for growing the program next year," states Christine Hooker, The STEM Academy Social Studies teacher and Future Problem Solvers coach.