Future Trends

(Last updated on 28 Apr 2017)

This category is only open primarily to Secondary 1 and 2 students. Upper Secondary students who are nevertheless interested in taking part may still do so ONLY IF they seek permission personally from Mr Daniel Siew and are deemed to be ready for National Competition.

You are encouraged to approach a mentor who has indicated interest in mentoring Category 10 projects. These mentors are likely to have undergone courses in problem-solving techniques and methodologies.

Future Trends is inspired by Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) and is adapted from the FPSP model. If you are interested, please visit the FPSP Singapore and FPSP international websites.



NEWS FLASH

28 Apr 2017: Attached below are the Mid-Term Evaluation Information Slides shared with you during the Mid-Term Evaluation Preparatory Briefing.




21 Feb 2017: Attached below are crucial Proposal Evaluation Information Slides to help you prepare for the Proposal Evaluation. This is mandatory reading for new Future Trends participants.



25 Jan 2017: The Sec 1 briefing slides are attached below:


24 Jan 2017: The 2017 Future Trends Scenario is attached below:



INTRODUCTION

WHAT FUTURE TRENDS IS ABOUT
Future Trends is a problem-solving category where students become researchers, investigators, creative directors, time-travelers – all rolled into one. Depending on their inclinations, they can assume the roles of scientists, politicians, historians, artists – the sky’s the limit. One thing is certain though – all of them will be future-gazers, or futurists, as we like to call them.

WHAT FUTURE TRENDS IS NOT ABOUT
Future Trends is not simply fiction or fantasy. While good futurists will treat Future Trends as their canvas to demonstrate their creativity, Future Trends can be said to be “fiction and fantasy meets research”. The creative component to Future Trends is just as important as the research component.

WHAT FUTURISTS CAN EXPECT TO ACCOMPLISH IN FUTURE TRENDS
Futurists will be provided a futuristic scenario for analysis; this marks the start of their Six-Step Future Trends journey. For newcomers, allow me to emphasise that your project is based on the scenario that will be released to you in due time (i.e. there is no way you can do this project prior to the scenario being released, although you can prepare for it by brushing up your problem-solving skills).


PROPOSAL EVALUATION ROUND

Step One: Brainstorm and identify potential problems reflected in the scenario
Update online portfolio with 10 well-phrased potential problems. Each potential problem should be supported by at least 3 pieces of research.
Presentation:
- Select 4 most significant potential problems to present. At least 1 piece of research for each problem should be presented.
- Out of these 4 problems, 1 must be designated as your 'Most Original', and another as your 'Best Researched'.

Step Two: Identify the fundamental problem in the scenario
Include fundamental problem in the online portfolio.
Presentation:
- Present fundamental problem and explain rationale



MID-TERM EVALUATION ROUND

Step Three: Identify potential solutions to the fundamental problem
Update online portfolio with 10 well-phrased potential solutions. Each potential solution should be supported by at least 3 pieces of research.
Presentation:
- Select 4 most significant potential solutions to present. At least 1 piece of research for each solution should be presented.

- Out of these 4 solutions, 1 must be designated as your 'Most Creative', and another as your 'Best Researched'.


Step Four: Select the best solution
Update portfolio with the criteria used to select the best solution as well as the ranking of the solutions based on the criteria.
Presentation:
- Present criteria used and explain how the best solution is decided upon



FINAL EVALUATION

Step Five: Design an action plan (and creatively act it out in a skit)
Include creatively-written action plan in the online portfolio.
Presentation:
- Creative skit that encapsulates the gist of the action plan. Teams will also have to incorporate:
  • An impromptu tagline and mystery object

Step Six: Evaluate the action plan
Include evaluation of feasibility of action plan in online portfolio.
Presentation:
- Formal evaluation of action plan



ONLINE PORTFOLIO (WEB REPORT)

An online document template, seen below, is provided for futurists to know what and how to record these six steps, and this online document shall be maintained by futurists in their online portfolio. Futurists are encouraged to adapt this template for their use, and not simply copy this template.

What goes into the group online portfolio:
- Online Future Trends Six Steps
- Research portfolio (all research done must be documented here; each piece of research must have an accompanying summary and evaluation of how it relates to your group’s project). In-text citations and references in APA format are expected.

Groups are left at their discretion to creatively design their own group online portfolios, but clarity is of utmost importance. If portfolios can’t be accessed, portfolios can’t be graded.

Important Notice:
Your Online Portfolio is also your Web Report. In Cat 11, we prefer to call your web report your online portfolio as it is supposed to be a comprehensive record and evaluation of your Cat 11 project journey.

Your online portfolio will be judged by your mentors. (To be confirmed: 2 stages of online portfolio judging - once after Semis and the final one after Finals).




RUBRICS



PROPOSAL EVALUATION




MID-TERM EVALUATION




FINAL EVALUATION




THE FINAL WORD


Future Trends challenges futurists to think creatively and critically, and even dares futurists to explore the unknown. As such, it would be perfectly natural for futurists to experience a sense of uncertainty. That said, uncertainty breeds creativity and we’re looking for the most creative futurists out there who are willing to match their original ideas with consistent research - only such teams have done well in this category in the past, while teams that embark on last-minute work characteristically underperform, and rightly so.

When in need of clarification, please contact:
Category Manager: Mr Daniel Siew siewwj@hc.edu.sg