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$100  Global Issues Teams (including adult)

$50   Global Issues Individuals (including adult)

$70   Global Issues Rookie Teams

$40   LEAP Materials (grades 1-5)

Registrations Due DEC 15

Registration 2022-23


Registering a GIPS team or individual, a Non-Competitive Rookie team, or an AbPS team allows you to send in their work for evaluation, which provides valuable feedback on how to improve their problem solving skills.  Once we receive your registration form, you will be provided with all the materials you need to get started. Click to register. 






Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) For each portion of the year, students research and study a topic area, then complete a problem solving booklet based on a Future Scene that is written about the topic of study.  A team of evaluators reads the booklet and provides extensive written feedback focused on improvement of writing and thinking skills. The schedule for the year is as follows:


Practice Problem 1 (Due October 28, 2022)

  • Topic: Water Supply

  • Steps 1-3 of the process completed,

  • Coaches may help students in whatever way they deem necessary

Practice Problem 2 (Due December 16, 2022)

  • Topic: Building Green

  • All 6 steps of the process completed

  • Coaches may help students in whatever way they deem necessary

Qualifying Problem (Due February 17, 2023)

  • Topic: Insects

  • All 6 steps completed

  • "Competitive conditions" must be met - 2 consecutive hours, unassisted by the coach.

State Bowl (April 20-22, 2023)

  • Topic: Mining

  • Location: Green Lake Conference Center


GIPS Rookie Division is a noncompetitive component in which teams of students complete the same three problems, but write a shorter booklet with fewer challenges and solutions. There are no time limits.  

LEAP - LEarning About Problem Solving introduces a simplified problem solving process for grades 1-5. The materials include a large number of Challenge Scenes on which to base the problem solving work.


$25   Scenario Writing

$60   CmPS Teams

$50   CmPS Individuals

$25   Scenario Performance

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Entries 2022-23


Scenario Writing

Stories and fees are submitted in January and evaluated in February/March. Click the buttons for materials.

Entries due January 17, 2023








Community Problem Solving (CmPS)

NOTE: There are quite a few changes for CmPS.

Please read the materials carefully!

Teams and individuals work on a project of their choosing for the entire school year. Projects and entry fees are submitted in February and are evaluated in February/March. Click the buttons for materials.

Project Proposal due December 9, 2022

Project Report due February 24, 2023

Essential Publication for CmPS

Purchase Creative & Critical Thinking Tools for CmPS

on the Sales page under Coaches

Scenario Performance

Videos and fees are submitted in February and evaluated that month. Click the buttons for materials.

Entries due February 10, 2023

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