The World Affairs Challenge has three primary components that are judged and graded to comprise each team’s final score:

1. Global Awareness Quiz (15%)
(taken online before event day)

2. Collaborative Question (30%)

3. Formal Presentation & WACtion (55%)


To prepare for the competition day, teams of students (with the support of WAC staff) and the teacher spend several weeks to months researching an issue related to the annual topic. The WAC challenges the team to both select a problem and posit a solution for some concern that involves improving life on the planet. In addition, students must find a way to take REAL ACTION (WACtion) toward implementing their solution.

The Global Awareness Quiz

This quiz must be completed by every team member, and is a chance for teams to demonstrate their knowledge in the following subject areas: world geography, global leaders, and current events (from the current academic year). The quiz will be administered online and consists of 25 multiple choice questions.


The Collaborative Question (CQ) fosters team building, negotiating, and leadership skills as students work with peers from other schools to address a particular question associated with Challenge topics. This part of the Challenge is a real-world simulated problem facing a specific global community. The CQ will be centered around an issue in global development, based on the theme and current global trends.

collaborative question (cq) samples

CQ Rubric

collaborative question (cq)


The Formal Presentations of the team’s project are evaluated on content, cultural consideration, realistic solutions, WACtion plans, and creativity of the presentation itself. The presentation overall should reflect the students’ broad understanding of the complexities of their chosen topic. Students should also propose a reasonable solution in their presentation. Presentations may take any form; creativity is encouraged, but they should last no longer than 15 minutes.

WACtion: As part of the Formal Presentation, teams should have a real plan to take action on their solution. Teams are encouraged to explore the foundational thinking behind most grant proposals in the broader world of global action, where action plans need to be SMART:                    
S: Sustainable
M: Measurable
A: Achievable
R: Realistic
T: Time Bound.


Event Day in Action: Curious to know what a WAC DAY looks like? Click here to watch some of our previous team presentations. 


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