Community Problem Solving (CmPS) bridges the gap between school and the real world. Students involved in CmPS learn powerful lessons about creating change, about dealing with local authorities and organizations, and about making a positive impact. Students in both team and individual CmPS apply problem solving strategies and skills to real-world concerns. Teams can be composed of as few as two or three students or as large as an entire class or group. Projects may focus on categories such as Civic and Cultural Issues, Education, Environment, Health Concerns, and Human Services. The top projects are invited to the International Conference each year in June.

    Develop and Implement a Community Project

    Apply the six-step model to solve a problem in the community.

    Students identify real problems and implement real solutions in a community – local, state, national, or even global. Students use the skills of the problem solving process as they work on their project; however, since real life is not always as organized as an academic exercise, the process may not proceed neatly from step to step.

    Complete the Project Report, Addendum, Scrap Book & Video

    competition step I

    At the affiliate qualifications, these assessments usually include evaluation of a written report and supporting documentation within an addendum and a scrapbook. The media presentation highlights the team’s/individual’s accomplishments and provides documentation of actions that may be difficult to replicate on paper.

    Interview & Showcase

    competition step II

    The state and International Competition include a CmPS Showcase where the team/individual shares the project. Competition requirements include the construction of a table-top display, a media presentation, and an interview.