RICHMOND – Nine students from Nippersink School District 2 will compete in June with students from around the world in the international Future Problem Solvers competition.
The students – four are part of a team, and six will compete individually – all advanced after the state competition April 15 and 16, said Chris Wagner, a District 2 middle school teacher and the coordinator of the participating problem solvers. A total of about 80 students from District 2 competed.
The students advancing as part of the team, which came in second during the state competition, include sixth-grader Emma Schuler, sixth-grader Makenna Donohoe, and fifth-graders Zoe Packelly and Olivia Church-Sowinski, Wagner said. Competing individually are Emma Schuler, seventh-graders Samantha Golemba, Claire Jaegar and Caroline Keim, and eight-graders Amelia Guanci and Maggie McInnis.
In order to move on to the international competition, students undertook a six-step process in two hours during the state competition in Normal.
The activities require students, broken up by grade-based divisions, to identify a problem within a given topic and address the problem by coming up with various solutions and ways to implement them.
“I’ve done this before as an adult, and some of the stuff these kids come up with is quite impressive,” said Wagner, who prepares students with in-class lessons and activities. “I have a lot of pride in what these kids can do.”