Thousands of students address local, global problems at UW-La Crosse

Part of problem solving conference

Addressing global and local problems is the theme behind a student conference this weekend.

More than 2,000 students from 15 countries are participating in the 2017 Future Problem Solving Program International Conference at UW-La Crosse. The students in grades 4 through 12 will compete through presentations, skits, and writing as they tackle complex community and international issues.

Organizers say the event helps teach important leadership skills.

“Our students are going to be taking care of us one day. So we feel it’s vital that they learn problem solving skills, not only problems locally, but globally, and collaboration with each other,” said Future Problem Solving Program International Program Director April Dennis.

The focus of this year’s global problem solving is biosecurity, or measures designed to protect people against harmful biological or biochemical substances.