|Future Problem Solvers Bound for USA - 11 May 2018|
Year 7 students, Georgia Piggott and Gabby Griffin, are bound for the USA, after progressing to the international finals of the Future Problem Solving Competition.
The girls entered the competition as a team along with four of their classmates in 2017, during their final year at Sts Peter and Paul’s, Bulimba.
In their first round of competition, the girls competed against other Queensland teams in Brisbane before qualifying for (and winning!) the Nationals at Sydney’s Knox Grammar. Year 7 LHC student, Annaliese Young, formed part of this original and highly successful team.
According to Georgia and Gabby, there were “screams” of delight when the girls were told they had made it to the international level of the competition. They will depart for America early next month, accompanied by family members and their Sts Peter and Paul's coach, Mrs Carolyn Burchill.
The US competition will take place at the University of Wisconsin from 8 to 10 June, where teams from all over the world will be presented with a problem relating to the theme, “The Criminal Justice System”. Teams will have two hours together in “lock down” conditions to prepare a solution and a project plan for the previously unseen question. Each team will also have to prepare a short skit to complement their project, which will help them to earn extra points.
Georgia said that having the opportunity to work with her team mates, Gabby, Annaliese, Anna, Lydia and Celeste, had been the best part of her experience to date.
“I am also really looking forward to meeting other people from so many other cultures and witnessing how they have bonded and their strategies within this program,” she said.
“I really want to see how they incorporate this program into their cultures.”
Gabby agreed that the team aspect of the experience had been the most rewarding.
"I love the feeling of immersing myself in a world of mayhem with my teammates as we investigate the ethics of possible future problems."
Whist in America, the girls will take the opportunity to visit Disneyland.
"We' can't wait!" said Gabby.