Interactive US Government and Politics Simulation

Works with any US Government or American National Government Textbook

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Statecraft Interactive U.S. Government Simulations allow students to play all of the major positions of the U.S. political system as they work to pass bills, get elected, run campaigns, set foreign policy, conduct budget negotiations, and work to challenge or defend the constitutionality of bills and executive orders in federal court.

Students are automatically assigned to roles through their signup survey and are prompted, given feedback, and incentivized to navigate the American political system while an exciting story unfolds, inspired by real U.S. historical scenarios that highlight the course learning objectives. This simulation serves as an excellent Introduction to U.S. Government Textbook Supplement and is one of the most effective Teaching Tools for U.S. Government Courses.

Great for Intro to American Government, AP U.S. Government and Politics Courses, or Public Administration Courses

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 simulation 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.

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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

Students have 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 pursuing their personal agenda; because that’s how real life works! Regardless of their role or title every student has the potential to dramatically affect the outcome of the game through their strategic moves.


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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

Position Goals

Simulation Events

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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.




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. 

how it works

Easy Set-up & Launch

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Playing the Simulation

The Instructor's Role

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Ending the Simulation & Grading

If you’re looking for even more detailed information, see the Resources page for the instructor manual, sample syllabus and other helpful documentation. 

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Course concepts covered

The multidimensional Interactive U.S. Government 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, making it an excellent Introduction to U.S. Government Textbook Supplement, so they’re more engaged and develop personal opinions about what they’re learning. Instructors report having more productive lessons and more interesting conversations with students, making it one of the most effective Teaching Tools for U.S. Government Courses.

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How a Bill Becomes 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


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

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