WAC teachers and mentors serve primarily as coaches helping students prepare for the Challenge. Students should feel empowered to take the lead as much as they are able and willing, and encouraged to take ownership over their own success. In order to help facilitate international learning and prepare students for the Challenge, WAC provides extensive support materials, linked below:

2018 Teacher Planning Guide: Thinking of registering a team, or just signed up?  This guide includes WAC history and general theme information, student preparation suggestions, judging criteria and grading rubrics, and tips for success. Click here.

2018 WAC Lesson Plans: The team is registered and ready to rock? Curriculum links to National Standards, Problem-Based Learning strategies, guided lesson plans and activities for all defined stages of WAC research and preparation. Teachers and mentors - please use these resources as necessary to help guide students through international learning and global engagement. New lesson plans will be added throughout the semester. Please continue to check for updates. Click here. 


WAC Research Guide: A Research Program through Denver Public Library:  Research guide for students preparing for WAC. Find reliable sources, organize your research and discover articles organized by subtopics for this year's theme. 

Quick Link to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Challenge Preparation Materials: Global Awareness Quiz question samples, Collaborative Question Sample, Collaborative Question Rubric, Formal Presentation Rubric, Event Media (examples of past WAC Formal Presentations). Click on each link to download.


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

The 100 People Foundation helps students to better understand the complex issues facing our planet and the resources we share. By framing the global population as 100 people, their media makes education more engaging and effective, and improves students' abilities to remember and relate to what they learn. Click here to learn more. 

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development provides vital information for students focusing on the 17 goals that seek to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. In addition to a general description of each goal, The Global Goals for Sustainable Development provides recent news sources, helpful resources, and information on various Global Goals Campaigns. Click here to learn more. 

Intercultural & Human Centered Design Resources: 

Intercultural Communication-Real World Solution's Toolkit: Understanding culture and its impact on behavior can make the difference between success and failure in working to incorporate “change” in a community with a different cultural perspective. This is relevant when developing your presentation on “smart planet” because the cultures involved may not see your approach or solution the way you intend. It is important to recognize where “they are coming from” in order to work productively together to implement your desired solution effectively and sustainably. 

Human-Centered Design-IDEO's DesignKit.org: Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving. It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs. Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for; generating tons of ideas; building a bunch of prototypes; sharing what you’ve made with the people you’re designing for; and eventually putting your innovative new solution out in the world. VISIT their site at: www.designkit.org


Optional Activities or Field Trips: A few suggested activities and field trips to deepen students knowledge experiences of the Smart Planet theme:

POSNER CENTER for International Development: Home to the Center for Teaching International Relations, this co-op space houses professionals working to address international challenges every single day. If there are organizations here that you're interested in connecting with, please email program@worldaffairschallenge.org. 

DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY TOUR: Set up a field trip to Denver Public Library to enhance student researching skills. Click here to schedule a tour. 

NREL EDUCATION CENTER: Visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Education CenterCertified science educators provide hands-on learning experiences for students that provide fun and imaginative ways to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency. To set up your visit, email: education.center@nrel.gov or call 303-384-6565.

DREAM BIG 3D: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Dream Big IMAX 3D will transform how you think about the E in STEAM. This adventure takes you around the world to explore engineering marvels both large and small, ancient and modern. From the Great Wall of China to the high-tech Shanghai Tower, from underwater robots to solar powered cars, you will see how human ingenuity pushes the limits of innovation. Dream Big celebrates engineers who build, invent, and shape our world, and inspire the youth of today who will become the great minds of tomorrow. Run Time: 50 Minutes. Show times: Daily 1pm & 4pm with additional shows on Friday & Saturday at 7pm. 

Resources to take real action NOW! After you've researched your problem, you need a way to put hands and feet to your proposed solution. Our Community Partners can help you get started! 


The Philanthropy Project: This platform helps youth bring their service projects to life. Individuals, classrooms + schools create personalized campaign pages for causes they care about. Check out the Philanthropy Project to create or join campaigns related to your topic and solution! 

TAKE "WACtion"!!!: Check out the WAC Impact Dashboard and start your own Philanthropy Project Campaign!