Students Win Awards at International Problem Solving Competition

Taylor Compost GroupFrisco ISD students at Taylor Elementary, Liberty High School and Reedy High School won awards in the annual International Problem Solving Competition. Future Problem Solving is a program that focuses on futuristic ideas, technologies, plans and related problems and solutions.

Taylor Elementary School students Christina Quintana, fifth grader Noah Quintana and fourth grader Brock Simpson were named International Grand Champions in the Community Problem Solving category of the competition. They were declared Texas Grand Champions of the Problem Solving Competition earlier this year. Watch their media presentation.

Their project concentrated on the amount of waste that food produces. After extensive research, they formulated a plan to begin composting some of the food waste at their school. They met with campus and District leaders to gain the necessary approvals to begin composting on campus and are actively making a difference on their campus.

Liberty Sophomore Aditi DarodkarIncoming sophomore Aditi Darodkar of Liberty High School earned first place in the Global Issues Problem Solving Category, while incoming sophomore Hasita Karthikeyan of Reedy High School won fifth place in the same category. Darodkar and Karthikeyan competed as individuals at the international competition, as well as in the state competition earlier this year. At state, Darodkar earned second place and Karthikeyan placed third, following an admirable performance at regionals.

Reedy Sophomore Hasita KarthikeyanIn their Global Issues competition, a future scene was given, which described a situation related to a provided topic. At the international competition, the topic was neurotechnology. They had to develop a booklet that included writing about challenges they saw in the provided scenario, underlying problems and solutions. Once they thoroughly vetted their own solutions, they each chose the best one and wrote an in-depth solution to the provided problem. Those booklets were scored by different evaluators and ranked.

Without a doubt, these students embody the Profile of a Future-Ready Learner that Frisco ISD hopes all students can embody. They embraced challenges, provided innovative solutions and communicated them while considering various viewpoints throughout the competition.

Congratulations to each of these students for representing themselves and Frisco ISD with such esteem.

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