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experience the drama of u.s. politics

Students take on key U.S. Government roles including Executive and Legislative, Defense and Security, Interest Groups and Media Members. They’re challenged to both collaborate and compete to achieve their secret hidden goals. 

Statecraft U.S. Government is easily adaptable for small classes under 25 students and for large classes up to 600 students running multiple simulations. It can be used 100% online to bring your remote class to life.

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Demonstrate Course Concepts

Students become part of the U.S. Political System so they experience first-hand how U.S. Government works. In order to succeed in the Simulation, they’ll have to apply course-related knowledge.

Engage Students

Game-like play sucks students into the Simulations where they must take ownership of their learning experience. They’re empowered to excel to their own personal limits and shine. Engagement enhances the knowledge acquisition process and makes it fun!

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Save Time

The Simulation is easy to set up and runs itself. You have a new tool to draw connections to course concepts and spark dynamic conversations. Teacher tools do tasks like grading for you.

Course concepts covered

The multidimensional U.S. Government Simulation program covers the entire U.S. Government (or American Government) curriculum. Using the Simulation creates new opportunities to demonstrate how course concepts come to life. Students are experiencing lessons first-hand so they’re more engaged and develop personal opinions about what they’re learning. Instructors report being able to have more productive lessons and more interesting conversations with students. 

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How Bills Become a Law

Role of Interest Groups

Relationship Between Media and Government

Institutional Checks and Balances

Constitutional Powers of the
President vs. Congress

Role of Political Parties and Ideology

Civil Liberties vs. National Security

Civil-Military Relations

Judicial Process

Federalism

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how it works

Easy Set-up & Launch

  • Launch the Simulation the second half of your semester
  • Run through an easy 3-minute configuration to set the number of students and get the code for students to use to activate their Simulation
  • When students sign up with the code they’ll pay for the Simulation
  • You can have a minimum of 5 students per Simulation with a maximum of 27; for larger classes you can run multiple Simulations simultaneously
  • Students take an aptitude test and the system assigns them a role that aligns with their player strengths: Executive and Legislative, Defense and Security, Interest Groups and Media Members.
  • Each role has a hidden secret agenda and goals for each turn
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Playing the Simulation

  • Everything is prompted by the system; it tallies points for moves and participation and calculate grades for you at the end of the Simulation​
  • The Simulation runs live 24-7 so students can play anytime without you needing to schedule class time or a computer lab.
  • You’ll play for five weeks with turns or “periods” every week
  • Period 0: students learn about their position abilities, current Simulation events and how they gain Simulation point
  • Period 1 and 2: they gain new abilities and goals as they see the impact of their Period 1 choices and must make major decisions with drastic implications
  • Periods 3 and 4: students deal with the repercussions of their decisions and continue working towards their secret goals
  • The goal is to maximize points and complete their goals before the end of the 4th period when the simulation concludes

The Instructor's Role

  • Watch as the students collaborate and compete with one another to be successful and gain the most points
  • Act as an executive consultant to help guide students and answer political strategic questions
  • Statecraft help desk will assist students with any technical questions or troubleshooting
  • Use the Simulation events as learning opportunities to draw correlations to course concepts
  • If needed you can use your master account to make executive decisions, such as vetoing a bill
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Ending the Simulation & Grading

  • The Simulation culminates in a final election where all the student's choices, strategy and alliances play out with ultimate results
  • There are currently over 100 outcomes possible for the Simulation! Every class experience is completely unique
  • The system will offer instructors student’s final points to be considered in their course grade
  • Students can still receive a good grade for participating fully in the Simulation even if they technically “fail” at their role’s goals
  • There are both paper assignments and a classroom debrief Statecraft recommends after the Simulation concludes
  • In the debrief students are grouped and present their version of “what happened” so the class and the instructor have insight to all perspectives
  • Instructors often count the debrief exercise towards the final grade and report it to be an interesting and insightful class activity

Time-Saving Teacher Tools

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Student Assignments

Statecraft automatically assigns students to roles based on a brief personality test  designed for optimum role fit and student collaboration during the initial signup process.

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Automated Student Prompting, Feedback & Calculations

Professors report an average of 13% time savings by using simulation tools that automatically prompt students, issue feedback, and guide outcomes.

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Automated Grading

The Statecraft system tracks all choices and outcomes and automatically reports final grades to the instructor in an excel exportable format for your convenience. 

Let's do this! Experience Statecraft for Yourself

Book your personal demo today! We’ll answer your questions, show you how these cool features work and help you set up your first U.S. Gov Simulation.

ROLE spotlight: president of the aclu

When a student is assigned the role of President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACUL). Since the goal of the ACLU is to make sure citizen’s rights are protected, in this role they’ll be working to sway public opinion and congress’ votes on major bills. They’ll have additional goals like increasing ACLU membership. The President of the ACLU will be working hard to generate excellent press for the organization so if this is my role, I may do things such as create ad campaigns or get endorsements to promote the ACLU. 

Tour the President of the ACLU Student Interface:

Political Influence

  • I have the ability to endorse or condemn candidates and their decisions.
  • I can either help or hurt their ability to be reelected.
  • I need to do this in order to influence certain bills passing or failing that match my position goals.

Position Goals

  • As President of the ACLU, I can view my position goals here to see how I can gain simulation points.
  • This period I gain points if the ban on enhanced interrogation bill passes.

Simulation Events

  • I can see all of the ACLU events plus events caused by other student's actions
  • The Simulation events are curated for my position.
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This is the President of the ACLU Student view; depending on the student’s role the action options they see will vary.

Abilities

  • XPs are my ability points; I need them to make my moves in the Simulation. I get XP's every turn and my actions earn them.
  • Example: I can make strategic alliances with the Media Members and give them stories that will sway public opinion.

Legal

  • I can file lawsuits against the Federal Government for breaching American Civil Rights.
  • Winning lawsuits can increase my membership and give me access to more elite attorneys.
  • Should I appeal a case from District Court to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court? The higher the case goes the more Sim Points I can gain.

Media

  • I can give stories to the media that may influence public opinions and put political pressure on congress and the White House to take actions that match my goals.
  • I can draw attention to the success of the ACLU and increase membership ratings.

Reasons the U.S. Government Simulation is so effective:

  • An innovative way to teach concepts beyond traditional lectures
  • Concepts become personal and experienced by students
  • Students are engaged and participating both inside and outside of class
  • Engagement enhances the knowledge acquisition process
  • Students take ownership of their experience and are empowered to shine
  • In order to succeed, students must apply course knowledge and do context-based problem solving
  • Teaches real-life applicable skills like leadership, teamwork, negotiation and strategic thinking that help them be more employable
  • Students must apply course knowledge and do context-based problem solving to succeed
  • Working in teams on common goals fosters student collaboration and relationship building even in large lecture classes
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Results you’ll experience:

  • Heightened student engagement & greater attendance
  • Quality student questions and requests for strategy consultation
  • Students are able to discuss course concepts intelligently and develop strong opinions that spark interesting class conversations
  • More camaraderie among the students, social connections, sense of community
  • Students will form study groups and you’ll hear students speaking about topics such as the checks and balances of the bill of rights outside the classroom
  • Your class popularity will increase due to previous student recommendations

"a powerful active learning tool"

4.6/5

4.56

out of 5 stars

Instructors rated Statecraft Customer Service 4.56 of 5 stars in the 2019 User Survey

Excellent Customer Support

  • You have help at every step of the process: from set-up to implementation and all the questions along the way
  • Both you and students can reach out to us directly at any time
  • Our customer support is available 7-days a week from 7am to 11pm; we try to answer fast and always get back to you within 24 hours
  • We’ll take care of student’s technical questions so that you just handle the political questions
  • Teachers who reach out and ask questions report some of the best overall Simulation class experiences, so we highly encourage you to contact us!

Costs much less than a textbook

Students pay

$24.75

  • You assign the Simulation to students, give them the activation code and they purchase it just like they would purchase a textbook
  • Statecraft cares deeply about facilitating student learning so we keep pricing as accessible as possible

Get started today to experience how Statecraft brings U.S. politics to life in your course!

You can sign up online now to get started immediately or book your personal demo! We’ll give you a complete product tour, answer all of your questions and help you configure your first U.S. Government Simulation.

Statecraft Leader Maker Program

As a company, we are passionate about student success! Our mission is to engage students in social science topics in a way that ignites their curiosity, excitement for learning, and social skills regardless of their learning styles or socio-economic disadvantages. In the spirit of this mission, we founded the Statecraft Leader Maker Program, which donates Simulations to low-income high schools. Contact Joe at [email protected] to discuss a project or collaboration! 

How it works:

  • Colleges use Statecraft Simulations in Social Science Classes
  • Statecraft donates low cost or free Simulations to low income high schools
  • At risk students students are reengaged in school and gain employability skills
  • More students graduate high school with leadership and employment skills
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