The November 8 Election is almost here and we’re thrilled to give you all the details about the how the fanschool.org “Election Challenge” will work:
No one’s ever done this before, but we’re confident it’s going to be the most Fun, Authentic, Networked, and Strategic way to learn about and interact with the election system alongside thousands of other teachers and students who are also FANS of learning.
Picture a March Madness round-style contest for the Electoral College, where students can vote for + predict who they think will become President in a series of rounds — Round 1: Solid States (2 points each), Round 2: Leaning States (5 points each), Round 3: Battleground States (10 points each), Round 4: Election Statistics (tiebreaker, if needed).
Then, they’ll submit their map to a giant, public contest to see who can out-learn and out-predict their classmates across the country and compete for cash + curriculum prizes.
We can’t wait for a middle schooler to out-think guys like Nate Silver as we all compete for civic competence!
Since we’re teachers and students ourselves, we’ve also got you covered on the classroom front with these essential questions to utilize and discuss.
And we’re collaborating with ballotready.org to provide you and your students with the simplest way to learn about more local elections happening in your state too. Their web-application provides easy-to-understand data on all federal-level elections, as well as all local candidates running for office in states on our map we’ve marked with a “B”.
Students will open these curated resources in another tab as they fill out their electoral map. And they’ll use these resources to dive into data to analyze and predict outcomes of the Electoral College, as well as interpret the influence of 3rd parties, campaign finance, and which elections (national, state, or local) matter more.
When combined with your own classroom designs, schedules, and lessons, this will become an even more powerful learning tool.
What teachers should know
- If you want to facilitate a more organized Election Challenge in your classroom, use fanschool.org/election as your starting point.
When you add the Election Challenge as part of a FANgeopolitics or FANpolitics league, you’ll be able to see how many students in your league completed the Election Challenge and view their maps. Paid subscribers will be able to see this for all of their students in all of their leagues!
- If you want to use it for FREE and don’t need to see which students have filled it out, but still want to get students at your school involved, point them directly to the red button on the homepage and encourage them to use their school email so we can aggregate school stats for you by common district or school domain!
See the full prize list for teachers and students here.
- Feel free to view the official contest rules and let us know if you have questions or have an awesome election-related lesson plan to share!
What students should know
- You can only fill out one map, but you can edit this map up until midnight pacific time on November 7th.
- Use your school email or G.A.F.E. address if you have one.
- We need to be able to contact you (and your social studies teacher) if you win.
- When you submit to the public Challenge, click the box that says “I’m a student or a teacher…”
- You have until midnight pacific time on November 7th to edit and submit your map to the public, national challenge.
- If you finish in the Top 15 after the election has been decided, you’ll need to submit a simple, one-page (no more than 500 word) write-up by midnight on Tuesday, November 15 answering the following question: “What did I learn from this challenge?”
It will be scored by the FANschool team on the following criteria: Clarity of Expression (30%), Creativity/Originality (30%), and Supporting Evidence (40%) — how well the writing communicates how you learned in addition to what you learned.
The top learning reflection will then be awarded the Grand Prize Scholarship of $500 and you’ll be featured throughout our learning community!
What everyone should know
Our Election Challenge is also available to everyone and their mom — and they can sponsor a fanschool.org subscription for a classroom if they want. So tell your friends!
- The Winner of the non-student Challenge will be able to designate a school’s social studies department of their choice to receive a free, unlimited 1-year subscription to fanschool.org.
- Share your map on social media as we all ramp up to compete for civic competence, debate the debates, and prepare to get out and vote!
- All you need to play is a first and last name, an email + password to sign in with, and predictions that you can edit up to the November 7 submission deadline.
- We will delete all student and public data after the Election and will only publicly publish or share aggregate statistics for the purposes of analyzing trends and scaffolding learning. Non-students might receive an email or two around the holidays letting you know that purchasing a classroom subscription for a teacher you’re a fan of makes a great gift. And teachers might receive an occasional email from us about subscription discounts for your classroom.
- The FANschool team reserves the right to disqualify and delete any actions or submissions deemed inappropriate or nefarious by our staff, without warning or notification.
- The goal of this game is to help students develop civic competence in a way that’s more in their sweet spot for learning and engage participants in interacting with and reading more about national and local elections.
We can’t wait for you to become a #fanofschool with us!
See a full preview here and visit fanschool.org to sign up for free.