Youth to Solve Problems at International Conference at Iowa State

AMES, IOWA, -- Students in grades 4 through 12 will compete during the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference June 12-15 at the Iowa State University campus in Ames.
On Friday, June 13 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., the public is invited to see firsthand some of the students’ work at Hilton Coliseum. Teams and individual competitors from around the globe will have displays about their projects that include local or global issues related to civic/cultural issues, education, environmental concerns, health concerns or human services. Admission is a $5 donation.

The Future Problem Solving Program International gives thousands of students the opportunity to practice creative problem solving within the given curriculum and develop leadership and creative thinking skills. The event will bring students from across the United States and from countries around the world to Iowa State University to compete. The participating countries include Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Students will compete within three components including global issues problem solving, community problem solving and scenario writing, competing either as individuals or as teams. Each component gives students the opportunity to apply research, writing skills, academics, research and problem solving skills to hypothetical and real life scenarios and issues.

“We are excited to bring our 40th annual international conference to Ames and Iowa State University and looking forward to the opportunity to host our international conference in Iowa for the next two years,” said Marianne Solomon, executive director, Future Problem Solving Program International. “The university campus will be a great location for all our conference activities and the community will provide a welcoming and fun environment for our students, their families and coaches.”

"Iowa State University is a very important location for us, because it is inspiring and exposes the students and their families to an excellent college campus,” said Karen Dadisman, affiliate director, Iowa Future Problem Solving Program. “We also only have wonderful things to say about the customer service that Ames and Iowa State provide. It is wonderful how they take care of everything for us.”
“As a youth-focused educational conference, the Future Problem Solving International Conference is an event we are very excited to host in Ames and at Iowa State University,” said Julie Weeks, director of the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Conference Planning and Management. “The event is expected to bring more than 2,500 students, coaches and spectators to the Ames community for an average of five nights each year during June 2014 and 2015.”

For more information on the Future Problem Solving Program International visit or to find out more about the Iowa Future Problem Solving Program, visit


Photo Caption: Central Lee of Donnellson students model props made during skit competition that qualified them for international competition.

Additional contact
Marianne Solomon, Future Problem Solving Program International, 800.256.1499,