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2024 Academic WorldQuest - February 24, 2024. University of Indianapolis. Registration now open

  • February 24, 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, UIndy Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227. Quizmasters, Professors Doug Woodwell and Brian Platt, University of Indianapolis. Optional: In-person or Virtual.



Academic WorldQuest competition on February 24, 2024, open to all high schools in Indiana.  Optional: In-person or Virtual.   Quizmasters: Professors Doug Woodwell and Brian Platt, University of Indianapolis. 

       Sponsors & Friends of Academic WorldQuest - World Affairs                                  ~ A global studies competition ~                                             


Saturday, February 24, 2024 

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM, with pre & post-events

Academic WorldQuest 2024

WELCOME to ALL Indiana High Schools

Hybrid Event - Schools may choose to participate in-person at the University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227;     or in-place at their local high school.  

FREE study materials and event registration.  

       Example of Study Guide:  AWQ 2022-2023 Study Guide. Updated 2/2023 (indianaworld.org) 

Academic World Quest 2023-2024 Study Guide & Great Decisions 2023 Study Materials available FREE on-line at ICWA's web site:  www.IndianaWorld.org 

The Indiana Council on World Affairs advances its 20th year participating in Academic WorldQuest, a nationwide program of the World Affairs Councils of America. This global studies competition is open to all Indiana high schools.

An array of co-sponsors, including the Indiana Council for the Social Studies and the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association enrich the event.

With long-term sponsor University of Indianapolis, History and Political Science Department, Professors Doug Woodwell, International Relations, and Brian Platt, Geography - History, will serve as Quizmasters for the competition.

Support from Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School’s National Resource Centers, including the Center for the Study of Global Change, is very much appreciated.  New for the 2023 competition is corporate sponsor CenterPoint Energy.

Any Indiana teacher in any Indiana high school (public, charter, private, home school* 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. When you let us know that you are interested in the 2024 study program and competition, we'll send you on-going, up-dated information.  *Upon confirmation per ICWA & WACA.

This quick-paced event consists of questions on 10 categories for a total score of 100%. To manage the duration of the competition event, there may be seven (7) to ten (10) Q&A per category. 

To prepare for the quiz-style competition, a teacher recruits as many students as are interested and provides guidance and direct on-line access to the FREE study materials for independent, self-guided study by teachers and students.

Some teachers facilitate on-going in-person workshops to engage the students in face-to-face dialogue about these significant world conditions.  Also, teachers use the study materials for their international relations classes.

1. Academic WorldQuest 2024 Study Guide by the World Affairs Councils of America, available by October 1, 2023. Questions for the 2024 competition will be derived from the "Academic WorldQuest 2024 Study Guide." The Study Guide for 2024 will be posted on the Indiana Council on World Affairs AWQ web page by October 1, 2023. 

When published and posted, the Study Guide will provide instant access to timely articles, lectures, and videos on the AWQ 2024 ten (10) categories.

EXAMPLE: For an example of a past Study Guide, SEE: "AWQ 2023 Study Guide 2-1-23" on Academic WorldQuest | ICWA (indianaworld.org)  

2. Great Decisions 2023 by the Foreign Policy Association: The specific Great Decisions 2023 documents for competition study are to be specified, and may include the Great Decisions 2023 Briefing Book, the Great Decisions 2023 Glossary, and selected Great Decisions High School magazines. 

For the national competition, the specific required reading selections will be detailed in the World Affairs Councils of America's Study Guide. The Great Decisions Briefing Book is likely to be required reading. 

For the Indiana AWQ, the competition may be limited to testing on the Great Decisions Glossary - all eight topics; and selected Great Decisions magazines as specified in the Study Guide. The Glossary is now posted on the Indiana Council on World Affairs web site.

Upon registration, each school is provided one Great Decisions 2023 Briefing Book. Additional books may be ordered at educational discount for classroom use or independent AWQ study: Books | ICWA (indianaworld.org)                  For Book Orders: Academic WorldQuest | ICWA (indianaworld.org)

Academic WorldQuest is implemented via Zoom using the Quizziz gaming software that is optimally accessible through PC or tablet.

The 2024 competition will be offered in a hybrid format with each school having the option to participate in-person or virtually.

For in-person participation, students, teachers, and others will gather at the University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Center, UIndy Hall. Each team must be equipped with a laptop PC or tablet for viewing the questions; and the quiz questions will be projected onto multiple, larger screen. Lunch is included for participating students and teachers.  

For virtual participation, teams will be able to participate by meeting at a local high school or community center, so there is no need to travel. Each team must be equipped with a PC or tablet. The capability to project the quiz questions onto a larger screen is recommended. The schools usually provide lunch for participating students and teachers.

Before the competition, each registered teacher will be sent a link to access the event via Zoom. In turn, the teacher must forward this link to each team captain.  Each team will be assigned a team code which must be entered exactly the same way before each of the 10 rounds. Failure to do so results in interruption of the scoring and delay in the competition.

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

  • FREE Membership in the ICWA for the 2023-2024 season.  (After registering for AWQ, to activate your FREE membership, visit the ICWA web page, select "Join-Renew" tab, and check "Teacher / Student - FREE.") 
  • Invitations to ICWA programs, member pricing, some at no charge.
  • FREE registration to ICWA Great Decisions 2024 Series.
  • The Great Decisions 2023 Briefing Book is applicable for the Academic WorldQuest 2024.  One Great Decisions 2023 Briefing Book will be provided to each school upon registration for AWQ 2024 and is available while supplies last.   (Additional books are available for purchase, with discount, on the ICWA web site: Books | ICWA (indianaworld.org) 
  • One Great Decisions 2023 Teacher's Guide digital pdf site license, upon request and while supplies last.  (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, Indiana University, other educational institutions, and social studies organizations (some offer free tuition, stipends, and travel stipends).
  • Access to World Affairs Councils of America's online news interviews.

Indiana's Academic WorldQuest competition is scheduled for a Saturday, February 24, 2024, 11:00 - 1:30 PM, with pre- and post-events.  Check-in time is 10:00 AM.

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

Zoom Open 10:00 AM - Check-in, including setting up internet connectivity.  Video, with audio, playing on the multiple monitors.

Welcome and Review of Competition Guidelines 10:30 AM

Competition 11-1:30 PM.  Time may be extended to cover all 10 categories.

Zoom Close - by 3:00 PM.  Time may be extended to complete the event.

For more information about AWQ: www.IndianaWorld.org /                    Contact ICWA at: info@IndianaWorld.org or VM 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; - 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; and -   Geography Educators Network of Indiana Geography Educators' Network of Indiana, Inc. Creating globally literate Indiana Citizens (iupui.edu).

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

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

Corporate Sponsor: CenterPoint Energy www.centerpointenergy.com

National Sponsors: World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) worldaffairscouncils.org; Foreign Policy Association (FPA) https://www.fpa.orgUnited States Institute of Peace (USIP) https://www.usip.org

© Indiana Council on World Affairs, Inc. September 15, 2023.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & UPDATES:                                                           AWQ 2024 Up-dates:  Academic WorldQuest | ICWA (indianaworld.org)             Contact: VM 317-704-4689 or Info@IndianaWorld.org (AWQ)


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