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U.S. Gov Lite SimulatioN

A quick-run version of the engaging Statecraft U.S. Government Simulation!

Students still receive the core U.S. Gov Sim experience: they take on key roles and are challenged to collaborate and compete to advance personal, organizational, and national goals. Through active learning they’ll discover just how complicated running a country can be and achieve a deep understanding of U.S. Government course concepts. 

The Lite version has a halved runtime of only two to three weeks so it’s great for classes with time constraints or as an introductory Statecraft product for first-time users! 

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Statecraft U.S. Gov Lite works great 100% online or in-person for classes with 5 to 1,000+ students.


When students sign up for the Statecraft U.S. Government Lite Simulation their roles will already be configured so they can start playing immediately. They’ll receive goals that correspond to their position and they accumulate points through accomplishing these goals every week. Some goals are competitive and others are collaborative. This dynamic requires students to work strategically with their classmates while maintaining and lobbying their personal agenda; because that’s how real life works! 

Your class will represent the whole U.S. political system embodying key influencer roles such as:

Executive and Legislative:

President, Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair, House Majority and Minority Whips

Media Members:

Journalist, Reporter or Editor for the New York Times, Fox News, and CNN

Defense & Security Positions:

CIA Director, Director of National Intelligence, Secretary of Defense, Army Chief of Staff, Chief of Naval Operations, Air Force Chief of Staff

Interest Groups:

ACLU President, Executive Director and PR Director

The events presented in the simulation are 100% inspired by events that have actually happened at some point in U.S. history. Your students will get a taste of how exciting politics can actually be! This is not dry, boring material; students will be shocked and challenged working through the complicated dilemas our country leaders have to navigate every day. 

Regardless of their role or title every student has the potential to dramatically affect the outcome of the game through their strategic moves. By gaining personal experience with course concepts they’ll finish with a much deeper understanding of how the U.S. Government really functions.

How is the Lite Version different from the Full Sim?

Since this is a “Lite” version of the Simulation you’ll only experience about 50% of the features and capabilities available in the full Statecraft US Government Simulation. That said, you’ll still get a lot of benefits! You’ll still create intense engagement as students experience lessons first-hand. 

You can read about the full suite of features offered in the comprehensive version of the simulation on the Statecraft US Gov Product page >>

full Version

Covers Entire US Government Course

LITE Version

Covers Congress, the Presidency, and Interest Groups

Runs 5 to 6 weeks

Runs for 2 to 3 weeks

Students Pick their Roles Based on Personality Testing

Roles are pre-decided by the Statecraft Team

Strong Media, Judicial, Pentagon, and Intelligence positions

Focuses primarily on Congress and the White House

Includes both Midterms and General Election

Culminates at Midterm Election

Students pay $24.75

Students pay $17.75

full Version

Covers Entire US Government Course

Runs 5 to 6 weeks

Students Pick their Roles Based on Personality Testing

Strong Media, Judicial, Pentagon, and Intelligence positions

Includes both Midterms and General Election

Students pay $24.75

LITE Version

Covers Congress, the Presidency, and Interest Groups

Runs for 2 to 3 weeks

Roles are pre-decided by the Statecraft Team

Focuses primarily on Congress and the White House

Culminates at Midterm Election​

Students pay $17.75​

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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.

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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. All-unique simulation scenarios every semester promote academic honesty. Instructor tools do tasks like grading for you.

use statecraft 100% ONLINE OR IN-PERSON

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Easily create an unforgettable, dynamic online class

  • Fully-automated: Once launched, the system prompts students and moves them through the simulation without any instructor action required
  • Online chat & online messaging systems: to allow full class communication, student-to-student messaging and team collaboration all within the product interface
  • 24/7 live asynchronous design: students can play whenever they want on their schedule without needing to coordinate class time
  • Customer Support: available 7 days a week and ready to answer any and all online class questions!

This is a great choice for you if you’ve recently moved a class online and need an easy, effective way to spark student interest, create engagement and foster participation. It’s also a great choice if you’re unsure of what your class format will be next semester: these simulations will easily transition with you whether your class is 100% online, in-person or a blend. 

Course concepts covered

The multidimensional U.S. Gov Lite Simulation program covers the entire U.S. Government (or American Government) class 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 havingmore productive lessons and more interesting conversations with students. 

Statecraft U.S. Government Simulation President Goals

How Bills Become a Law

Role of Interest Groups

Relationship Between Media and Government

Civil Liberties vs. National Security

Constitutional Powers of the
President vs. Congress

Judicial Process


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
  • In the Lite version of the simulation roles are pre-configured so you can immediately launch into gameplay
  • Each role has personal goals to advance one's virtual "career" as well as organizational and/or national objectives
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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 two to three weeks with turns or “periods” every week
  • Period 0: students learn about their position abilities, current simulation events and how they gain simulation points
  • 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 important consequences
  • The goal is to maximize points and complete their goals before the midterm elections 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 factual and strategic questions
  • Statecraft help desk will assist students with any technical questions or troubleshooting
  • Use the simulation events as learning opportunities to draw connections 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 the midterm election where all the student's choices, strategy and alliances play out with ultimate results
  • The system will offer instructors students' 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
  • Instructor tools include paper assignments and class debriefing questions that are recommended after the conclusion of the simulation​
  • In the debriefing students are grouped and present their version of “what happened” so the class and the instructor gain insight into all perspectives​
  • Due to the uniqueness of every sim experience, it is difficult for students to “cheat” by relying on outside help or past students’ experiences so it encourages academic honesty

ROLE spotlight: president of the aclu

One student will be assigned the role of President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Since the goal of the ACLU is to make sure citizens’ rights are protected, in this role they’ll be working to sway public opinion and Congress’ votes on major bills and influence executive actions. Students in this role have the ability to lobby Congress, file lawsuits, mobilize the public, and work with the media to generate favorable coverage. They’ll have additional goals like increasing ACLU membership and generating positive press coverage for the organization.

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 bill banning enhanced interrogation becomes law.​

Simulation Events

  • I can see all of the ACLU events plus events caused by other students' actions
  • The simulation events are curated for my position.

This is the President of the ACLU Student view; depending on the student’s role the action options they see will vary.


  • Experience Points (XPs) are my ability points that I earn from accomplishing goals.​
  • I'll spend my XPs to perform actions such as launching lawsuits, purchasing advertising, and mobilizing the public.​


  • 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 (SP) I can gain.


  • I can give stories to the media that may influence public opinion and put political pressure on Congress to take actions that match my goals.​
  • I can draw attention to the success of the ACLU and increase membership.



Click through the visual product tour below to see the Statecraft U.S. Government Simulation in action! You’ll see snapshots from the student experience in the roles of Committee Chair for the House Intelligence Committee, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, President of the United States and President of the ACLU. Plus the tour explains how the SP and XP “currency” systems functions, how goals appear, how notifications work and how students make moves in the simulation. Enjoy! 

Time-Saving Instructor Tools


Student Assignments

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


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.


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.

Reasons the U.S. Gov Lite 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
  • Teaches career skills like leadership, teamwork, negotiation and strategic thinking that help them become 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

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"



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 with quick assistance for any questions you have 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 students' 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


  • 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 Project LeaderMaker

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 Project LeaderMaker, which donates simulation accounts to low-income high schools. Contact Joe at [email protected] to learn more about the program. 

How it works:

  • Colleges use Statecraft Simulations in social science classes
  • Statecraft donates simulation accounts to low income high schools
  • At-risk students are reengaged in school and gain employability skills
  • More students graduate high school with leadership and employment skills
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