Public Programs: Digital Projects for the Public: Production Grants

Period of Performance

1/1/2018 - 8/31/2019

Funding Totals

$350,000.00 (approved)
$350,000.00 (awarded)

Ratifying the Constitution: A Digital Game Opportunity

FAIN: MN-258857-18

iCivics, Inc. (Cambridge, MA 02141-1057)
Kelly Leahy Whitney (Project Director: June 2017 to October 2021)

Production of an online game that allows players to explore the history of the ratification of the United States Constitution.

iCivics, in collaboration with Filament Games and select scholars in the humanities, proposes to develop its 20th online educational video-game: "Ratification: The Great Debate.” The game will offer middle and high school students a new immersive experience on a pivotal topic: the ratification of the United States Constitution. Our goal is to impart students with core knowledge surrounding this eventful period, to develop their argumentative writing, and to give our thousands of teacher-users a unique resource to engage their students in our nation’s history.

Media Coverage

iCivic’s “Race to Ratify” Game Helps Students Understand the U.S. Constitution (Review)
Publication: Grateful American Foundation
Date: 3/23/2023

Race to Ratify: Great history game offers cool constitutional spin on persuasion (Review)
Author(s): Jenny Bristol
Publication: Common Sense Education
Date: 5/1/2019
Abstract: Learning Rating: 5 Stars Grades: 6-12 Subjects & Skills: Critical Thinking, English Language Arts, Social Studies. Great for: Game-Based Learning, Instructional Design

Author(s): K Allison Wickens
Publication: The Inclusive Historian's Handbook
Date: 1/15/2021

Race to Ratify is latest awesome iCivics game that you should be playing right now (Review)
Author(s): Glenn Wiebe
Publication: History Tech
Date: 3/18/2019

Associated Products

Race to Ratify (Game/Simulation)
Title: Race to Ratify
Author: Kelly Leahy Whitney
Abstract: A new immersive experience on a pivotal topic: the ratification of the United States Constitution.
Year: 2018
Primary URL:


Five Star Rating and Common Sense Learning Selection
Date: 1/1/2020
Organization: Common Sense Media