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Barrow Students Attend International Competition


Barrow Elementary School Students Attend International Future Problem Solving Competition


Clarke County School District students, Eli Cook and Gal Abraham, fifth-graders from David C. Barrow Elementary School, recently attended the Future Problem Solving International Conference (FPSPI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. About 2,500 fourth through twelfth-grade students attended from around the globe, including Australia, China, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States. During the school year, more than 23,000 students competed at local and regional levels from 13 different countries for the opportunity to attend this year's International Conference.

Eli and Gal were Georgia's Junior Division (4th - 6th grades) first and second place Scenario Writers, and at the conference, they enjoyed meeting and working with students from around the U.S. and the world.  Gal's team, which also included students from Michigan, Ohio and New Zealand, won third place in the Junior Division Scenario Writing Team competition. Only two other students from Georgia, both high school students, placed at the 2019 competition. Eli and Gal were coached by Barrow teacher Jan Mullins. CCSD's Specialist for Gifted Education, Dr. Seri Beall, chaperoned the students and learned firsthand about opportunities to bring back to all fourth through twelfth-grade students. 

Future Problem Solving Program International is a dynamic international program involving thousands of students annually from around the world. Developed in 1974 by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving (FPS) provides competitive and non-competitive components for today’s curriculum via a six-step model which teaches critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and decision making.  The University of Georgia was home to creativity and FPS pioneers Dr. Paul Torrance and Dr. Mary Frasier for many years, and the Clarke County School District has a distinguished history of prominence in FPS activities at the state and at the International Conference level.