World Smarts STEM Challenge (WSSC)

World Smarts STEM Challenge (WSSC)

Participating Schools

The World Smarts STEM Challenge (WSSC) includes high school and secondary school students in the Washington, D.C. metro area and across Ghana. IREX is currently recruiting mentors and teachers to lead World Smarts STEM Challenge teams. For more information on how to apply, please see below:

Do you want to lead a team of amazing you to create STEM solutions to global issues?

Be a World Smarts Mentor! WSSC Mentors lead a team of approximately 8 students as 1/2 of a bi-national team. The mentor could be a teacher, graduate student, or professional who can commit approximately 4-5 hours per week to work with the WSSC.

If you would like to lead a World Smarts STEM Challenge team in the D.C. metro area, APPLY HERE.

If you would like to lead a World Smarts STEM Challenge team in Ghana, APPLY HERE.

Mentors will be provided with a financial stipend for technology and prototype materials. Mentors will also join a cohort of committed educators in the U.S. and Ghana to attend a workshop about the World Smarts Curriculum. All mentors will receive a certificate for professional development hours in Virtual Project Based Learning.

Do you want to host a team at your school or institution but don't have time to lead one?

Sponsor a World Smarts STEM Challenge Team! School Sponsors are teachers or faculty members working at schools in the Washington, D.C. metro area who are unable to commit to leading a team as a mentor but can commit approximately 1-2 hours per week to facilitate their school's participation in the WSSC. Sponsors support external mentors by serving as a liaison with the school, coordinating classroom space, and recruiting students.

If you work at a Washington, D.C. metro area school and would like to sponsor a World Smarts STEM Challenge team, APPLY HERE. If you live in Ghana and would like to sponsor a World Smarts STEM team, APPLY HERE.

Mentor and School Sponsor Applications Open on November 8th, 2021, and Close on December 5th, 2021. The Applications Close for U.S. Teachers on December 12th, 2021.