iCivics, the organization founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, is marking the countdown to Election Day 2012 with the launch of its latest free online video game, Win the White House. In this game, students take on the role of a presidential candidate from primary season through Election Day, making tough choices about the party platform and vice presidential selection as well as where to fundraise, poll and spend valuable campaign dollars on appearances and advertisements. News coverage recaps their successes and failures as they campaign for their 270 electoral votes. Students also have to make decisions about the kind of campaign they will run: will they focus on their platform or on attacking the stances of their opponent? Win the White House prepares young people for meaningful citizenship by helping them see the value of voting and different candidates’ reasons for choosing different strategies for engaging the public. The iCivics Politics and Public Policy Curriculum Unit also offers a broad array of resources for educators, including lesson plans, additional games and game guides. iCivics content is designed by educators and is standards aligned.

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