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GIPS Registrations Due DEC 15

$100  Global Issues Teams

$50   Global Issues Individuals

$70   Global Issues Rookie Teams

$70   Bridge to GIPS with lessons ($30 without)


$60   LEAP Materials (register any time)

Registration 2023-24


Registering a GIPS team or individual, a Non-Competitive GIPS Rookie team, or a Bridge to GIPS group 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 Grades 4-12 

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 27, 2023)

  • Topic: Tourism

  • Steps 1-3 of the process completed,

  • Coaches may help students in whatever way they deem necessary

Practice Problem 2 (Due December 22, 2023)

  • Topic: Urban Shift

  • All 6 steps of the process completed

  • Coaches may help students in whatever way they deem necessary

Qualifying Problem (Due February 16, 2024)

  • Topic: Antarctica

  • All 6 steps completed

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

State Bowl (April 18-20, 2024)

  • Topic: Autonomous Transportation

  • Location: Green Lake Conference Center


GIPS Rookie Division 

Rookie 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.


Bridge to GIPS

This is a one-time non-competitive option for new coaches to gradually work into the Global Issues component

LEAP - LEarning About Problem Solving 

For Grades 1-5

These materials teach a simplified, introductory version of the problem solving process. You may use the materials with an entire class. The fee includes LEAP Instructional Lessons, 12 lesson plans to introduce problem solving to students, and a 1 year registration for LEAP with Challenge Scenes,  with multiple scenes to use following the Instructional Lessons. Work on two of the Challenge Scenes can be submitted to Wisconsin FPS during the year for feedback. 

  • $60 - Includes the LEAP Instructional Lessons and 1 year registration for LEAP with Challenge Scenes. Use the Registration Form link above to purchase.

  • Note - Each teacher using the lesson plans should have their own purchased copy of the manual.

  • Note - In subsequent years there will be an option to register for just LEAP with Challenge Scenes, if you already have the Instructional Lessons.


$25   Scenario Writing

$60   CmPS Teams

$50   CmPS Individuals

$25   Scenario Performance

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Entries 2023-24


Scenario Writing

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

Entries due January 16, 2024








Community Problem Solving (CmPS)

Please read the CmPS materials carefully

and ask for help if you need it!

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 8, 2023

Project Report due February 23, 2024

Essential Publication for CmPS

Purchase Creative & Critical Thinking Tools for CmPS

on the Sales page under Coaches

If you would like help getting started with your Project Proposal, contact Lynn in the office.

Scenario Performance

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

Entries due February 9, 2024

Request for Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available for registration fees.

Click HERE to apply.

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