CALL FOR TEAMS!
The Columbia World Affairs Council invites you and your high school to be a part of the 2018 Academic WorldQuest competition. Last year, we had teams from Ridge View, Columbia, and Dutch Fork high schools compete, with Ridge View taking the gold to Washington, DC! We are excited about this year’s competition and we want you and your students to be a part of it!
Do you think your high school has what it takes to become the CWAC’s 2018 Academic WorldQuest champions? For more information and to register a team, please contact:
Columbia World Affairs Council
P: (803) 252-2197
About ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST:
Each year, the Columbia World Affairs Council invites you and your high school to be a part of the Academic WorldQuest competition.
What is it?
One of the greatest challenges facing our nation and our schools across the country is preparing our youth for the globally interconnected world of the 21st century. America’s ability to face the economic and security challenges of the 21st century and seize new opportunities is dependent on an educated and informed citizenry and workforce. Academic WorldQuest is a unique opportunity to expose our youth to the world outside our borders and prepare them for the challenges and the opportunities of the 21st Century.
Academic WorldQuest was invented by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and is now widely played at the adult and high school levels around the country. It is a team competition testing competitors' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture. Participants come from high schools that work with the World Affairs Council network.
Why It Is Important
Preparing the next generation of American decision-makers and opinion leaders to thrive in tomorrow's world, where our national interests and policies are deeply intertwined with those of the greater global community, requires that we close the gap in students' knowledge about global affairs and restore American excellence in science and math. Research is showing troubling signs. American students are performing well below students in other developed nations in science and math and American students are also lacking in basic knowledge of world history, international geography and global issues. The mission of Academic WorldQuest is to help close this gap.
During the academic year preceding the National Competition in the spring, approximately 4,000 students across the country participate in local competitions hosted by over 40 local World Affairs Councils in 26 states. A study guide is provided with detailed resources on each of the categories to help students and teachers to prepare for the competition. All questions for the competition are drawn from the resources in the study guide. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local council at the National Competition, held in the spring each year in our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC. This special weekend includes the competition as well as substantive programming planned to enhance the global education experience.
2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest Topics:
ASEAN at 50
India's Bid for Global Power
Combatting Climate Change
The Peacebuilding Toolkit
The CWAC Regional Competition
Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Columbia World Affairs Council, in partnership with our friends at the South Carolina Geographic Alliance, hosts the 2018 regional competition at the Department of Geography, Calcott Building, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. Lunch is provided and parking is free in the Bull Street garage next door.
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