Events Central Texas Academic WorldQuest™ Competition 2021

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Central Texas Academic WorldQuest™ Competition 2021

REGISTER your high school team by February 12th if your team is ready to compete in the Central Texas Academic WorldQuest™ (AWQ) competition on Saturday February 20, 2021.

Each year, Academic WorldQuest™ seeks to inform and engage high school teens and their teachers across the country in global affairs. More than 4,000 students participate and test their knowledge of international affairs, global current events, and foreign policy. The winning high school teams at each local competition becomes eligible to participate at the Carlos and Malú Alvarez National Academic WorldQuest™ Competition in Washington DC.  Our competition consists of 10 rounds of 10 questions about specific global themes.  Each team is comprised of currently enrolled students from the same high school.  All high schools located in our five-county metro region (Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson) are eligble to send a team to compete.

The partner organizations for the competition are the World Affairs Council of Austin, the Center for European Studies, and Hemispheres: The International Outreach Consortium at the University of Texas at Austin.

What is it?

Academic WorldQuest™ is a flagship youth education program of the national network of World Affairs Councils. It is a team competition that engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the United States to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. In the competition, four-person teams compete by answering multiple-choice questions divided into ten unique and engaging thematic categories.  AWQ is a terrific opportunity to engage students in global affairs in a competition against fellow high school students in the Austin metropolitan area.  We have had great success and participation in this competition in past years and want to make it even bigger!

Join the competition!

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Registration Information

Teams consist of four high-school students and at least one alternate team member.  High Schools may register teams of 4 students in grades 9 – 12, however; the contest is especially relevant to students in World Geography, AP Human Geography, and Economics.  REGISTER YOUR TEAM BEFORE 5:00 pm on Friday, February 12, 2021.

How do we prepare?

Academic WorldQuest™ competition student study guide is available here.

The topics students will be tested on this year are:

  1. Global Protests
  2. Shifting Sands: The Arab Spring 10 Years On
  3. International Labour Organization (ILO)
  4. The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century
  5. Great Decisions
  6. Country in Focus: Uzbekistan
  7. Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict
  8. Fraying Alliances
  9. Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy
  10. Current Events


February 20, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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