Six Year 9 students were able to travel to the US to compete in the Future Problem Solving International Final.
Competing in the Global Issues section of the competition, the task required the team to complete a six step process to address environmental concerns in a future scene.
Set in 2039, where scientists are releasing de-extinct species from the Eocene epoch to save delicate ecosystems and prevent food web collapse, our students were required to analyse challenges, innovate creative solutions and finally ‘sell’ their best solution.
The MLC team competed in the Middle Division for students from Year 7-9, consisting of 69 teams from 14 different nations.
The journey for these 69 teams to the International Final was having placed first, second or third in their affiliate in 2018, earning them the opportunity to compete in the US. MLC had placed third in the Australian leg of the competition.
It is very exciting that the MLC team reached the final round of top ten teams, the only Australian team to do so, with a finishing result of seventh in the world! Congratulations to team members Adeline Toohey, Clara Petersen, Vilara Perera, Sophie Yang on this outstanding achievement.
Our two reserves, Stephanie Liang and Violet Zheng, were also allocated to teams combining of students from other groups, where they had the additional challenge of working with students they had not met before. Stephanie's team came third, an amazing effort!
It is a priviledge not only do tremendously well at international competitions, but a wonderful opportunity for our students to be able to travel to do so.
L-R: Vilara, Adeline, Sophie and Clara
Stephanie, whose combined team came third