It’s the third Monday in February, which can only mean one thing: Presidents’ Day has arrived! 🎉
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This year, we’re celebrating the occasion in style by shouting out three awesome games from our friends at iCivics – each developed by our team here at Filament! With a presidential election just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to share these games with your students – or brush up on your own civics knowledge and perhaps learn a thing or two along the way. No matter the occasion, your hand-picked Presidents’ Day games are a click away:
Think you’ve got what it takes to run a successful campaign for the U.S. presidency? In Win the White House, players build arguments to support issues that matter to them, conducting fundraising, polling, and media outreach efforts as they build campaign momentum and experience the electoral process firsthand.
Can you handle the pressure that comes with being commander-in-chief? Experience the realities of being U.S. president in Executive Command! In the game, players learn all about the structure, functions, and processes of the executive branch as they execute key responsibilities like promoting their agenda to Congress, reviewing bills, executing laws, and more.
What could possibly be better than being President for a day? Acting as all three branches of government, of course! In Branches of Power, players take control of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the United States government, learning all about the law making process and how checks and balances help keep the government, well, in check.
Learn more about iCivics and their mission to reimagine civic education:
A Supreme Court Pioneer, Now Making Her Mark on Video Games (The New York Times)
iCivics teaches kids about politics, not partisanship (VentureBeat)
Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s great idea for teaching civics to English-language learners (NBC News)