The Center on Representative Government at Indiana University has launched Engaging Congress, an interactive game that uses primary source documents to explore the workings of American government and the challenges it faces in contemporary society. The app-based game is available to middle school and high school government, history, language arts, and social studies programs as an engaging tool for teaching the basic tenets of representative government, using documents and materials from the Library of Congress and other sources. The game features fivethematic stories: “Fair Is Not Always Equal,” about federalism; “Laws and Sausages,” about legislation; “Vote Early, Vote Often,” about voting rights and elections; “A Balancing Act,” about the federal budget; and “More Equal than Others,” about money and influence in politics. Animated videos introduce the stories, leading to student activities. The activities focus on primary sources such as the Constitution and Supreme Court decisions, as well as archival photographs, newspapers, illustrations, and political cartoons. A Teacher Toolbox provides learning materials linked to national standards for social studies, history, English/language arts, and civics. Engaging Congress is available as a free download for iOS or Android mobile devices, or students can play on the web with WebGL. Cost: Free
The United States Diplomacy Center’s education programs immerse students in the world of American diplomacy and the critical work of the United States Department of State. At the heart of the center’s education programs is Discover Diplomacy, a freediplomacy simulationsprogram that allows students and teachers to experience what it is like to be a diplomat while grappling with complex foreign affairs topics.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest challenges public middle and high schools across the country to help improve their communities using STEAM skills. This year’s projects tackle current issues such as natural disaster relief and safety, opioid addiction, water quality, and enablement of students with autism.
Educators from Harvard UniversityGraduate School of Education (HGSE), Massachusetts Institute ofTechnologyTeaching Systems Lab, and the instructional design firm Fresh Cognate have created Youth in Front, a new hub of learning-oriented resources and multimedia assets for young activists and educators interested in making their voices heard—particularly those who are stepping into activism for the first time, as well as for educators who are responding to action in their schools and communities.