Organized by the World Affairs Councils of America, Academic WorldQuest is a team competition that tests competitors’ knowledge in international affairs, geography, history, and culture. Participants are from high schools across America that have formed partnerships with their local World Affairs Council.
Throughout the school year, over 4,000 students have competed on the local level in 26 states to earn the right to compete at the national competition.
The topics for which the teams have had to prepare include:
• US Energy Policy
• Global Economic Realignment
• Middle East
• Global Environmental Issues
• US Education
• UN Millennium Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty & Hunger
• Global Health
• Current Events
Each topic is covered in one particular round of competition.
The winning team of Academic WorldQuest will receive a yearlong online subscription to the Rosetta Stone® language-learning solution, with the ability to pick from the program’s 30 available languages. The second place team receives a six-month subscription.
American students are falling further behind in their math and science skills compared to their counterparts in other developed nations around the world, as well as in their knowledge of international affairs and cultures. Academic WorldQuest is the marriage of the two, focusing on the STEM skills needed in the competitive 21st century economy as well as topics that are of critical importance around the world.
It’s important for this nation’s future leaders, which the competitors in Academic WorldQuest will surely become, to start closing this gap. The nation’s economic, political, and social future depends on it. Rosetta Stone is proud to support this unique and important event, as well as help the winning competitors broaden their own language skills.