Make a Run for the U.S. Presidency, 8-12

An online learning game lets players call the political shots in presidential campaigning, The 2008 eLECTIONS: Your Adventure in Politics game was recently released by Cable in the Classroom (CIC). This free 3-D, high-speed broadband adventure uses interactive tools, allowing children and adults to experience a self-directed run for the U.S. Presidency. The game is designed to educate people about the political process and the power of one vote.

eLections was first released in 2004 and has been updated in 2008 for the election cycle. Now infused with a voice-over host character - using the image of George Washington - and more video and "Learn More" options, the game offers expanded learning opportunities. The teacher section of the game includes learning guides, helpful links, and a preview area of the videos included in the game so that lesson plans can be generated. Other features include:

  • Accessible: Available for free to anyone with a high-speed internet connection.
  • Multi-sensory: Players see, read, hear and interact with multimedia content from CNN, C-SPAN, and the Hidtory Channel.
  • Content rich: Players explore independently how a presidential campaign works - through a fun and interactive experience.
  • Self-directed: Players make the choices that influence the outcome of the game. They continue to learn and explore fundamental election concepts with the "Learn More" content - all at their own pace.