Chel­tenham stu­dents get cre­ative with solv­ing prob­lems

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Jar­reau Free­man

The Chel­tenham School District’s an­nual Prob­lem Solv­ing Bowl, to some, may give new mean­ing to the phrase “brain teaser.”

The Prob­lem Solv­ing Bowl cel­e­brates Chel­tenham stu­dents who par­tic­i­pate in cu­ture Prob­lem Solv­ing, an in­ter­na­tional cre­ative think­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion that teaches stu­dents from fourth through N2th grade how to solve prob­lems with imag­i­na­tion and benev­o­lence, said district co­or­di­na­tor for cu­ture Prob­lem Solv­ing Mar­i­lyn Golden fol­low­ing the event.

Dur­ing the March S bowl, all the district’s Prob­lem Solv­ing teams, which in­cluded about 2MM stu­dents, gath­ered in the au­di­to­rium at Elkins Park School to com­pete in this crit­i­cal think­ing event, which chal­lenges stu­dents to de­velop so­lu­tions to a prob­lem out­lined in a fu­ture sce­nario, Golden said.

fn groups, the 4M teams worked on a sce­nario packet, in a process that Golden de­scribed as “so­phis­ti­cated.”

“Stu­dents have to learn to read a fu­ture scene, iden­tify the prob­lems and learn about the causes,” she said. “Through re­search and dis­cus­sions they learn about pos­si­ble solu- tions. We em­pha­size that the so­lu­tions should be hu­mane DnG noW vioODWH huPDn righWs in Dny wDy. ,W’s noW D TuiFk fix process.”

At the com­pe­ti­tion all the teams were given the same fuWurH sFHnH Wo HxDPinH. GoOGHn, who FrHDWHG WhH sFHnH, DskHG the stu­dents to cre­ate so­lu­tions that would help elim­i­nate the miles of plas­tic pol­lu­tion in Ber­muda’s Sar­gasso Sea.

“Plas­tic never goes away,” Golden said. “Sci­en­tists have done a great job; they have cre­ated a sub­stance we can’t do any­thing about. ft neg­a­tively im­pacts ocean life such as WurWOHs, fish DnG EirGs. [PODsWiF SoOOuWion@ SosHs D WhrHDW Wo huPDns Ds wHOO. ,I wH HDW fish WhDW hDvH HDWHn SODsWiF [iW’s EHFoPHs D GDngHr Wo us@.”

Af­ter more than an hour of dis­cus­sion and re­search, the teams pre­sented their best so­lu­tions through a skit us­ing ma­te­ri­als such as poster boards, pa­per clips, pa­per cups and plates and a sur­prise prop, which was a hula hoop, she said.

Through the skits, the teams pitched their best so­lu­tion to a group of judges who de­ter­mined the win­ners. At the end of the com­pe­ti­tion, the win­ning skits were per­formed on stage, she said.

“There were three win­ning skits,” Golden said. “fn the win­ning skits we are look­ing for hu­man­ness, cre­ativ­ity, a fu­ture vi­sion and if it sells the so­lu­tion. We also look to see if all the stu­dents are en­gaged in the skit.”

lne team pre­sented a skit about a plas­tic pol­lu­tion eat­ing robot. An­other team pre­sented a swim­suit that would at­tract plas­tic so it could be re­moved from the water, she said.

The win­ning teams re­ceived rib­bons based on how well WhHy HxHFuWHG WhH sFHnDrio SDFkHWs DnG WhH uniTuHnHss oI their skits. The rib­bons were awarded by Chel­tenham Su­per­in­ten­dent Dar­lene Davis.

GoOGHn sDiG WhH EOkins PDrk DuGiWo­riuP wDs fiOOHG wiWh about 4MM peo­ple in­clud­ing stu­dents, fac­ulty, fam­ily and friends.

“The event is al­ways well-at­tended,” she said. “This is a district cel­e­bra­tion of fu­ture prob­lem solv­ing.”

AOWhough WhH ProEOHP 6oOv­ing BowO is ovHr unWiO nHxW year, the district still has cause to cel­e­brate. Two teams from Chel­tenham High School and one team from Elkins Park School will go to the state com­pe­ti­tion in April, Golden said.

“This pro­gram teaches stu­dents how to think, see things dif­fer­ently and solve prob­lems,” she said. “Th­ese stu­dents are our fu­ture lead­ers and if we have ci­ti­zens who can think and make wise de­ci­sions — op­posed to snap de­ci­sions that can hurt other peo­ple — we have made a step in the right di­rec­tion.”

Tenth-grade win­ners from Chel­tenham High School, from left, Madi­son Wilken, Car­rie Mor­gan, Bria Carolina and Ava Shore, smile as their coach, Stephen Buck­ing­ham, holds their first place rib­bon at the Prob­lem Solv­ing Bowl

March 6.

: En­joy wine tast­ing courtesy of Car­di­nal Hol­low Win­ery, mas­sages courtesy of Cortiva In­sti­tute, fa­cials by Mary Kay, mu­sic by the School of Rock, prizes and much more.

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