Branches of Power: Updated for 2020

MARCH 23, 2020

It’s been a decade since we first released Branches of Power, and since then it’s been played more than five million times. This game has been very effective in helping students understand the role that each of the three branches plays in our government. That’s why we’ve updated Branches of Power for a new generation of students, in partnership with the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics at the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
 
Play the game to see the changes, including:

  • Updated public policy issues that reflect what students care about and are hearing in the news, including education, environmental issues, healthcare, and preventing terrorism.
  • New avatars that allow students to represent themselves in a greater variety of ways.
  • Support for English Language Learners and struggling native-English readers, including Spanish translation and English voice over.

Get familiar with all of the updates and then get your students playing. They’ll love taking on the roles of the President, Speaker of the House, and Chief Justice as they introduce, draft, pass, sign, and test the constitutionality of laws. Branches of Power is just one of many games available for free from iCivics. Our games are a great resource to keep students engaged and learning during school closures.
 
Watch the game trailer: