Saturday, September 26, 2009

Digital Democracy Contest

Empower students with this free, MacArthur grant winning contest.

Students learn how to navigate online Congressional data. Then they compete in teams to answer questions like:

* "OpenSecrets lists campaign contributions to Congress. How much did Senator Carl Levin's campaign committee receive from people who worked for lobbyists in the 2008 election cycle?"
* "OpenCongress lets you track Congress. Which Representative sponsored H.R.1 which became law on 2/17/09?"
* More questions

Learning objectives:

* Find several types of campaign contributions
* Investigate the voting record of members of Congress
* Investigate the revolving door of specific members of Congress

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