This dynamic learning environment features interactive technology, informative visual content, and collaborative activities that take place in and around a full- scale replica of the Senate chamber.
ESI Design created the Institute as a portal into the legislative process and a training ground for the decision-makers of the future. The result is an unparalleled immersive experience that directly engages visitors in the spirit of civic dialogue, compromise, and collaboration.
Visitors explore the role of the Senate, its personalities, historic accomplishments, and current challenges — all in preparation for a vote on a bill currently pending before Congress. Before they leave, visitors make a pledge to take civic action in their own communities.
The heart of the EMK Institute experience is a groundbreaking, dynamic group simulation of the U.S. Senate (the Senate Immersion Module, or SIM) for up to 100 visitors (most often middle-school and high-school students, college students, and leadership training groups). Visitors take on the roles of senators for a day to study issues, debate, negotiate, craft bills and amendments, and vote on legislation. In some sessions, participants tackle tough contemporary issues; in others, they debate historic issues in dramatic re-creations of significant moments in the Senate’s history.
Through these programs, participants learn about the legislative process and that debate and negotiation play key roles in the passage of effective legislation.
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“How do you design an experience that makes learning about the U.S. Senate fun? You let visitors role-play senators.”
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