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:

Stay tuned for more information on this important resource that will assist with event logistics!

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 Rubric, Formal Presentation Rubric, Event Media (examples of past WAC Formal Presentations). Click on each link to download.

Intercultural & Human Centered Design Resources: 

Intercultural Communications-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 cities” 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 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.

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.

Resources to take real action NOW! After you've researched your problem, you may look for a way to put hands and feet to your proposed solution. The resources below will 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!