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2023 ICWA Academic WorldQuest

  • February 25, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Academic WorldQuest competition open to all high schools in Indiana. Quizmaster, Prof. Douglas Woodwell, University of Indianapolis.




Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM, with pre & post-events

Academic WorldQuest 2023 

WELCOME to ALL Indiana High Schools

FREE study materials and event registration  

       Academic World Quest 2022-2023 Study Guide available Fall, 2022        Great Decisions 2022 Study Materials for AWQ 2023 available now.

The Indiana Council on World Affairs organizes the Academic WorldQuest global studies competition.

An array of co-sponsors, including the Indiana Council for the Social Studies and the City of Indianapolis Teacher and Student Outreach Committee enrich the event.

With long-term sponsor University of Indianapolis, Dr. Douglas Woodwell, International Relations Professor, serves as Quizmaster.

Support from Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School’s National Resource Centers is very much appreciated.  Morgan Stanley is a corporate sponsor.

Any Indiana teacher in any Indiana high school (public, charter, private, home school* (or combination of two schools*) can participate by registering their school for the competition. Schools may register as many teams as there are students who are interested.  Students organize into teams of four to test knowledge of global politics, geography, international economics, history, and world cultures.  There is no need to register students at this time.                *Upon confirmation per ICWA & WACA.

To prepare for the quiz-style competition, a teacher recruits as many students as are interested and provides guidance and independent access to the FREE on-line Study Guide 2023, when it is published and posted on the Indiana Council on World Affairs web site, Fall 2023.

Questions for the competition are derived from the "Academic WorldQuest 2023 Study Guide." It provides instant access to timely articles, lectures, and videos on the 10 categories for study and the competition in 2023. Teachers and students may access the study guide on-line once it is posted.

Although Academic WorldQuest has traditionally been an in-person event, due to continuing pandemic concerns, the competition was held virtually in 2021 and 2022 using Zoom Rooms and Quizziz gaming software that is optimally accessible through PC or tablet, or, in some cases smartphone. 

Each registered teacher will be sent a link to access the event via Zoom.  Because teams will be able to participate by meeting at a local high school or community center, there is no need to travel.  The capability to project the quiz questions onto a larger screen is recommended.

It is anticipated that Academic WorldQuest 2023 will continue to be a virtual event with an in-person option, if possible.  

This quick-paced event consists of questions on 10 categories for a total perfect score of 100%.

[Placeholder link: Academic World Quest 2022-2023 Study Guide] 

For teachers who register a team, the Indiana Council on World Affairs (ICWA) provides:

  • FREE Membership in the ICWA for the 2022-2023 season.
  • Invitations to ICWA programs, member pricing, some at no charge.
  • FREE registration to ICWA Great Decisions Series.
  • One Great Decisions 2022 Briefing Book for each school upon request and while supplies last. (Additional books may be purchased on the ICWA web site: Books | ICWA (indianaworld.org)
  • One Great Decisions 2022 Teacher's Guide digital pdf site license. (Additional site licenses may be purchased on the ICWA web site:  Books | ICWA (indianaworld.org)
  • Announcement of teacher training programs offered by the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), the Foreign Policy Association, and other social studies organizations (some offer free tuition and travel stipends).
  • Access to World Affairs Councils of America online news interviews.

The projected date for the 2023 competition is Saturday, February 25, 2023, 11:00 - 1:30 PM, with pre and post-events.

Program planning details are in the formative stages and the Preliminary Schedule follows:

Zoom Open 10:00 AM - Cultural Presentation & Check-in

Welcome and Review of Competition Guidelines 10:30 AM

Competition 11-1:30 PM

Zoom Close - by 3:00 PM

The Indiana Council on World Affairs advances its 19th year participating in Academic WorldQuest, a nationwide program of the World Affairs Councils of America. This global studies competition is open to all high schools in Indiana.

For 2023, this virtual event lets students gather, in place, at their local high school or community center.  Or, if possible, an in-person event will also be scheduled.

For more information about AWQ: www.IndianaWorld.org / Contact ICWA at: info@IndianaWorld.org or 317-704-4689.

Presenter: Indiana Council on World Affairs (ICWA) www.IndianaWorld.org

Academic Sponsors:  Teachers are encouraged to consider joining the following organizations which sponsor the ICWA Academic WorldQuest and provide opportunities for professional development: - Indiana Council for the Social Studies  www.indianasocialstudies.com; - City of Indianapolis Sister Cities Teacher and Student Outreach Committee www.Indytasoc.org ;  Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA) IFLTA  www.iflta.org; and - American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese https://www.aatspindiana.org

University Sponsors: Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School's National Resource Centers (HLS) https://hls.indiana.edu; and University of Indianapolis, International Relations (UIndy) www.uindy.edu

Other: International Center (INTLCTR) https://internationalcenter.org; Indiana Sister Cities International (20+) Indiana Sister Cities | Facebook; and Indiana Economic Development Corporation www.iedc.in.gov .

Corporate Sponsor: Morgan Stanley www.morganstanley.com

National Sponsors: World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) www.worldaffairscouncils.org ; and Foreign Policy Association (FPA) www.fpa.org

For more information contact: www.IndianaWorld.org or info@IndianaWorld.org (AWQ)

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