This innovative computer/boardgame hybrid flips the roles of voter and candidate, by giving the student the job of campaign manager, with the task of finding a winning combination of swing states to become President.
Using actual polling data mapped to a strategic electoral map, pairs of students must deploy their limited resources across the map to defend the states they need to win. These deployments are done in secret, hidden from the opposing team. Once both teams have their deployments in place, the swing state battle begins!
By placing students in the roles of the campaigns, they are confronted with the same strategic dilemmas that the candidates faced. By reliving the election, history comes alive. The advantage of playing several simultaneous games in the classroom is that gameplay data can be compared to historic outcomes. These comparisons are filled with surprises:
This educational course meets the following Standards: