FOUR YEAR 8 pupils from Selwyn House will travel to the United States to compete in the future problem solving international competition. The girls are the national champions of future problem solving junior division after winning in Auckland late last year. Held at University of Wisconsin’s La Crosse campus, Future Problem is an international education programme that sets to develop creative, critical and caring thinking skills. Pupils will wrestle with some of the challenging issues facing modern society and work to create positive solutions. Topics include space junk, recovery from disaster and alternative sources of energy. The girls have been training hard and researching biosecurity, the topic designated for the finals in Wisconsin. “I knew almost nothing about biosecurity before we started our research but I’m really enjoying learning in depth about it,” said team member Emily Cox. Another team member Emma Cawood interviewed biosecurity experts in Dunedin and Invercargill during her school holidays because she has become so interested in this topic. The girls leave for the US on June 4 and are currently busy fundraising to support their travel.