Top so­lu­tion by El­iz­a­beth

Central Leader - - NEWS - By AMY BAKER

Think­ing her way out of a tight spot isn’t a prob­lem for so­lu­tions whiz El­iz­a­beth Huang.

The St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege stu­dent, 15, placed first in the In­ter­na­tional Fu­ture Prob­lem Solv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion was held in the United States at In­di­ana Univer­sity from June 6 to 9 and is open to high school stu­dents from around the world.

It aims to pre­pare stu­dents for lead­er­ship roles by stim­u­lat­ing their crit­i­cal and creative think­ing skills and en­cour­ag­ing them to de­velop a vi­sion for the fu­ture.

Stu­dents are given a fu­ture sce­nario and must come up with an ac­tion plan to solve the prob­lem the sce­nario con­tains.

They ap­ply a six-step prob­lem solv­ing process and tackle the so­cial, sci­en­tific, po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and tech­no­log­i­cal is­sues in­volved.

This year’s topic was the Global Sta­tus of Women.

El­iz­a­beth’s so­lu­tion to prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with the sta­tus of women was an ex­change pro­gramme where men and women swap places, so men learn and un­der­stand the dis­crim­i­na­tion women can face.

The Mt Eden res­i­dent com­peted in the in­di­vid­ual book­let cat­e­gory in the Mid­dle Di­vi­sion, con­sid­ered one of the most chal­leng­ing of the very aca­demic pro­gramme.

She had just two hours to com­plete the six-step prob­lem solv­ing process on her own.

How­ever, El­iz­a­beth is no novice, hav­ing al­ready com­peted with a school team in 2011.

Last year she also won the national New Zealand Prob­lem Solv­ing ti­tle.

She says the best part of the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion is meet­ing peo­ple from around the world and see­ing their ap­proach to dif­fer­ent prob­lems.

‘‘It’s been an eye­open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Global thinker: El­iz­a­beth Huang from St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege won the In­ter­na­tional Fu­ture Prob­lem Solv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

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