Developing Simulations at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
UMass Boston faculty have the opportunity to develop simulations in which up to a 100 students participate in a 2 hour game-like experience, in the role of U.S. Senators, to investigate an issue and construct legislation centered on the issue. Students can debate, give speeches, negotiate with their colleagues and ultimately take a stand during a floor roll call vote.
Topics are unlimited but examples include: cyber-bullying, political status of Puerto Rico, Farm Bill, minimum wage, Native American issues, health care, education, civil rights, debt limit, assault weapons, homeland security, DREAM Act.
Faculty Information Session Includes:
- Listening to presenters from the Edward M. Kennedy Institute as they demonstrate how you can use their kit to develop a simulation
- Considering ideas for how your course content can play out in a Senate Immersion Module
- Seeing a sample faculty-developed simulation
- Learning about the technology used by students during the SIM