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:

2017 Teacher Planning Guide: Includes WAC history and general information, team-building strategy, student preparation suggestions, judging criteria and grading rubrics, and tips for success. 

2017 WAC Activities Guide: WAC Activities Guide includes suggested curriculum 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! WAC Pinterest Board: Includes links to SMART CITIES case studies and subtopic articles, infographics, and websites in each of the SMART Cities subcategories. Let your students explore the pinboards!

PATHFINDERS: A Research Program through Denver Public Library:  Research articles by subtopic utilizing databases: Explora for Teens, Student Resources In Context, Academic Search Premier, Academic OneFile, America’s Newspapers / Access World News, National Newspapers Core.  

Challenge Preparation Materials: Collaborative Question Sample, Collaborative Question RubricFormal Presentation RubricEvent Media (examples of past WAC Formal Presentations). Click on each link to download.

Global Affairs Quiz Sample


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


POSNER CENTER TOUR: Visit the Posner Center for International Development and hear from development professionals working to address international challenges every single day. Tours typically occur each week on Tuesdays at 9:00 am and Thursdays at 4:00 pm. Set up your field trip and tour by emailing: info@posnercenter.org 


DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY TOUR: Set up a field trip to Denver Public Library to enhance student researching skills. Schedule your field trip by emailing program@worldaffairschallenge.org.


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.