Two sixth grade Templeton Middle School teams tied for second place among 50 teams that created banners at the Future Problem Solving (FPS) State Bowl competition. The event was held in April at Devil’s Head Resort in Merrimac.
The two Templeton teams created a banner, “TMS-FPS Checkmates Countries’ Debt – No Contest,” in response to the state bowl’s topic that dealt with debt in developing nations. One team consisted of Ethan Beaudry, Megan Hessler, Brad Schissel and Brendan Schlaman. Craig Bumgardner, Taylor Burns, Madison Czerwinski and Ryan Yates comprised the other team. Sixth-grade alternates Caitlin Kennedy and Alex Nernberger also completed individual competitions at the State Bowl.
Hamilton High School freshman Paula Myatt competed in the individual competition for students in grades 7-9 and earned first place. She will go to the International Bowl May 29-June 1 where she will compete against students from 41 states, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to her individual competition, Myatt helped coach Templeton teams after school each Tuesday.
Along with the two sixth grade teams that qualified for the State Bowl, Templeton had two other FPS teams of seventh- and eighth-graders. In addition to the State Bowl topic, students studied the topics of body enhancement, simulation technology and neurotechnology. The teams researched the topics, were given a future scene in which current trends are projected into the future, and found 16 problems related to the future scene. The teams focused on one major underlying problem to solve. The teams then wrote up 16 possible solutions, decided upon five criteria questions that to help them evaluate their eight best solutions and finally wrote an action plan for the best solution — all in less than two hours.