US Presidential Election Activities for Students

Explore Free Virtual & Classroom Activities provides free hands-on virtual and classroom activities across subjects.

Our activities put students' voices and creativity directly into the Presidential election season. By designing their own polls, campaign ads, hacking media spin, understanding campaign advertising budgets and reporting on their community's issues, students learn through action.

The materials are all non-partisan and free. Use them in Social Sciences, Math, History, Art, Business, and Science courses.

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About is a non-partisan civics active learning initiative created by Lesley University Professor Jo-Anne Hart. Since starting in 2004, we've had tens of thousands of users and from all 50 states. These free virtual and in-class creative activities on voting and elections invite student voice and power to actively take part in the U.S. electoral system. Our hands-on projects are designed for all grades, elementary to college, and across multiple subject areas beyond civics and social sciences - including math, history, science, business, and digital arts.

Why Students?

Apathy among young voters is a serious problem. Research shows that if early on young adults don't see the value of voting, they may not vote for the rest of their lives.

The many voices, ideas, and passions of the young must be part of American civic life. Giving students creative opportunities to express themselves all along their school years will promote their enduring participation in our common political life.


"Growing Voters provides students with the opportunity to consider the stakes of a critical and historic election. The lessons are a great way to build critical thinking skills and exercise good habits of citizenship."

Andy Blackadar, Curriculum Development Director, The Choices Program, Brown University

Contributors: David Weitz, James Hart, Jeremiah Montoya, Isaiah Montoya, Daniel Doherty, Bruce Ledgerwood, Eric Noble and Richard Cranston.

Also continued thanks to Lesley University GSOE students in my 2004 class for early review and ideas: Jenny Hanson, Deb Boatwright, Kathryn Desmond, Traci Lienhard, Mark Reynolds, Troy Spradley, Marla Day, Mary Ann Seavey, Andy Siepert, Jessica Bogie, Kessandra Jackson, Barbara Green, Beth Niece, Terry Lindgren, Rachele Hall, Christopher Fuchs, Kari Wilcher, Evelyn Wright, Toni Somma-Cavaluzzi, Katie Kanter, Kristen Stewart, Jay Daly, Jason Burland, Zack Deal, Renae Fortin, William Pullen, Keysha McIntyre, Tracy Zimmerman, Linda Smith, Lisa Haunga.

Gratitude to our Donors: James Hart, KD and Celia Dahl, Randy and Cathy Wright, Pamela Petro and Marguerite Harrison, Tim Feige, Tom and Elizabeth Manley, Mark Garrison, Lee Whitman-Raymond, Farzaneh Milani, Lesly Black, and FLD support from Lesley University