National Student Parent Mock Election Announces Partnership with GlobalU to bring kid-driven, game-based learning to Civics
It’s like Minecraft or Fortnite for Civics!
WASHINGTON, DC – October 15, 2018 – The National Student Parent Mock Election (NSPME) announces today its new partnership with GlobalU – the world leading kid-driven, game-based learning platform.
NSPME was founded in 1980. By 1984, 2 million students were participating in their ground-breaking mock elections, and 5 million by 1988; former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford became Co-chairs; and, a strong National Advisory Board was enacted with power figures like First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as Paul Kirk, Frank Fahrenkopf, Bill Diamond, William Milliken, Charles Robb, and Roy Rommer, to name a few.
NSPME has been a leader in student mock elections for decades and its now making a significant move to maintain its relevance in the 21st century. “We are excited to be at this stage in our project’s growth”, states Ramon Barquin, Chairman of NSPME, “We live in an exciting world now with technology driving our actions every day. Our youth are particularly affected by technology and we as adults need to present learning opportunities using the latest and greatest in technology – GlobalU does just that”.
Leveraging the very successful gameplay of games like Minecraft and Fortnite, GlobalU has created a game that kids like to play, but one where the kids learn critical life skills like entrepreneurship, health & wellness, good character and civics. “Just imagine a student as excited about playing the GlobalU learning game, as they are playing Fortnite. Given this dynamic there’s no need for the teacher to teach nor even allocate classroom time – the student will do it on their own and during their own time”, states Scott Dow, President of GlobalU.
Once the students have voted on the NSPME site, they will be rewarded with a free 2-year subscription to the GlobalU game (normally costs $120/yr). They will then join their peers in the game as they learn the importance of civics in a democratic country. This is not a one-time event, but rather a 2-year experience of why, what and how a country is formed.
The “Battle Independence” game is a 2-year program taking place from the 2018 mid-terms to the 2020 general election. The kids and their families are engaged and learning about civics every day over the next 2 years and develop the civics, entrepreneurship, health and character skills that help them succeed and lead.
When a student first enrolls in the GlobalU program, they automatically become part of a “village” in the game – kind of like Clash of Clans. Each village is made up of peers from that students’ school or other parts of the country.
Each village is initially controlled by a foreign power. It’s a negative force that controls the pirates in the game and one that does not have the best interests of the villagers in mind.
The basic foundation of civics is freedom – freedom to act in such a way that benefits the individual and hopefully the state. It’s about fighting off those that want to oppress.
The game instills that dynamic and desire in the villagers – that they need to do what it takes to earn their independence and learn the lessons along the way of what is required to make that happen. Then once independent, what are the things the students can learn and do that will make their village successful.
This is experiential learning at its best – using gameplay that the kids love and inserting principles that they need to learn to be successful in the game, and more importantly, in their lives.
Under the direction of their Mayor, the students do the things in the game that will help their village become stronger, more independent and ready to take control of their own destiny. Once they gain their independence, then they are in 100% control of what their village does to survive and thrive and fend off the challenges of the ill-intentioned pirates.
Over the 2 years, the students learn and experience the history and principles that have made the US what it is today. For example, the kids in the US will experience curriculum from works from the New York Times Best-Selling Series – “What is the Constitution”, plus the GlobalU version of the 4 pillars of a great country – the Constitution, Free Enterprise, Good Character and Good Health and Wellness.
“Getting students excited about voting is one thing, but what we really need to do is help these students learn and practice civics and gain an understanding of why and what we’re voting for”, states Mr Barquin, “We invite all teachers across the country to offer this program to their students so they can become the next generation of informed leaders”.
If you want a link to give to your students to download the app, then please send an email to Rebecca at [email protected].
About the National Student Parent Mock Election
The National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) is the world’s largest national mock election. It is the Nation’s largest civic education project ever, whose purpose is to empower a new generation of Americans to “preserve and protect” government of the people, by the people and for the people” for the generations to come. For more than 37 years, the Mock Election has played a critical role in the nation’s civic education of voters with over 67 million student participants. Its network of coordinators in every election include over 50,000 educators and parents in tens of thousands of schools in the United States, its territories, and Department of Defense School District overseas. Its mock elections have been showcased in Japan, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Canada, and Mexico, among other countries. NSPME is an Arizona based non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian, 501(c)3 corporation with offices in Washington, DC, Tucson, and Puerto Rico. More information about the National Student Mock Election ant its activities at www.NationalStudentVote.com and www.NationalMockElection.com.
GlobalU is a leader in kid-driven, game-based learning with its Woogi learning platform for K-12 kids and their grandparents. Over the past 8 years, more than 10 million kids have learned how to be a successful citizen and global worker and leader. Working with organizations like Harvard, the US Dept of Justice and many non-profit and corporate leaders, GlobalU has become a supplemental learning platform for kids to learn life-skills such as entrepreneurship, health & wellness, character, civics and other 21st century skills. For more information go to www.globalu.io.