Out of 33 requests and 3 selected for funding, last week The Library of Congress awarded Indiana University’s Center on Representative Government a $315,000 grant to create online, game-based learning activities for high school students. These are designed to increase students understanding of representative institutions, such as the U.S. Congress:
The university’s planned “Engaging Congress” Internet application will use items from the Library of Congress — including text documents, photos, posters, political cartoons, audio and video — to illustrate the effective functioning of Congress and encourage students to find solutions to problems facing the legislative branch.
“We share the library’s strong commitment to improving citizen understanding of our government through the use of primary documents,” said Mike Sample, director of the Center on Representative Government. “We are deeply grateful for its support and for the confidence in Indiana University that this grant represents.”
The grant seeks to boost civic engagement Indiana, which has fallen significantly behind the rest of the country in voter turnout and civic participation. To read more, click here.
Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.