U.S. Embassy School Election Project 2016

We updated our platform with photos and videos of both U.S. Election Project final events, all award-winning contributions to our student contest, as well as media and press coverage! Check it all out here.

 
 

Background

In 2012, the U.S. Embassy together with Leuphana University Lüneburg, Life e.V. / eXplorarium and LISUM Berlin-Brandenburg organized a successful blended learning school project on the U.S. Presidential Election. About 1400 high school students from all over Germany and more than 100 courses adopted a U.S. state and learned about local politics, economics and culture. After becoming experts on their new "homes" and the U.S. election system, students made a prediciton on voter behavior on election day. Would their state turn red or blue?
Their teachers had not been idle either. Prior to the actual school phase of the election project, many of them participated in seminars organized by the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates throughout Germany. American experts briefed the teachers on the mysteries of the U.S. election processes, issues, candidates,campaigns and the role of the media. Further teacher trainings were carried out to introduce teachers to the effective use of online learning tools in their teaching.

An interactive mock election took place at the concluding event at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Berlin one day before election day. Our student delegates from their adopted U.S. State cast their vote and proved that they had done their homework: Their predictions turned out to be more accurate than most professional polls!

 

Downloads

Project flyer [PDF]

Detailed project presentation [PDF]

Materials preview [PDF]

 

Plans for the US Elections 2016 School Project

Logo US Elections 2016We're doing it again! Together with our local partners, the U.S. Embassy, LIFE e.V. and Leuphana University Lüneburg will conduct another school election project in the election year 2016. The format will be similar to the 2012 project, but we will add a few cutting-edge pedagogigal approaches and educational technologies. A Facebook site and our Teach About US Blog will accompany the Moodle Course environment. Based on results from the research project accompanying the 2012 project, the team at Leuphana University is developing new course materials for all 50 states, update and improve tasks and project activities, and carry out teacher trainings.

Time frame

  • Accredited teacher seminars will be offered throughout the spring and early fall with expert speakers on the Presidential Election 2016 (see "news" for dates and venues).

  • Through the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate MeetUS program, Americans are prepared to visit schools and discuss election issues.

  • Participating schools will work on "their state" in September/October 2016 as part of their curriculum.

  • Results of the school projects will be posted on the TeachAboutUS.org website, the U.S. Embassy website, Facebook and the Teach About US Blog.

  • In Berlin and Brandenburg, teacher and student representatives of the participating schools will be invited to a concluding event on November 7, the day before Election Day, to discuss their results with experts. Participating German-American Institutes and the U.S. Consulates will host regional final events.

Who can participate in Germany and the U.S.?

  • Ideally 14-18 year old school/college students

  • Students with sufficient English proficiency (who will be able to express themselves in conversation, writing, and understand main ideas of complex texts)

  • Students who are interested inpolitics and the United States of America in particular, who are open-minded, creative, self-motivated and willing to take up challenges

What are the ideal subjects to integrate this project into?

  • English as a Foreign Language (in Germany)

  • Politics / Economics / History (CLIL- Content and Language Integrated Learning classes)

  • Integrated Humanities / Social Studies / Life and Society (CLIL)

Last modified: Thursday, 10 November 2016, 5:48 PM