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VOXPOP: Role-playing our way through history

Students testing the VOXPOP alpha in 2019

With the support of ED/IES SBIR grants, Gigantic Mechanic is currently developing VOXPOP: role-plays for high school U.S. history and social studies classrooms in which students work together to tackle historical crises such as the Shays Rebellion and the Pullman Strike.

How can we expect kids to understand the perspectives of 18th century rebels when we can’t even talk across party lines today? A year of play-testing VOXPOP with high school students around the country suggests kids are eager to engage with tough moral perspectives. Historical thinking provides a pathway for students to engage with modern civic issues and diverse perspectives. If you’re curious to hear more, please check out our talk from the 2020 Games for Change Festival!

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