‘Super power’ event planned at EMK Institute on Aug. 19

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute will premier a Super Powers Senate Game on Sat., Aug. 19 from 2-5 p.m. The event is a live, multi-player game set in a fictional universe where participants will navigate the path a bill must take to pass in the US Senate.

The participants will work together to create laws that govern an unexpected situation through deliberation, negotiation and debate of important questions about Constitutional rights, national tragedies, or how a piece of legislation would determine how super-powered people and objects will be taxed, regulated and treated under the law.

“We are all extremely excited about premiering this program,” said Matt Wilding, the Institute’s Education Producer, who developed the game content. “It’s a chance to introduce the Institute to a new audience and to include more people in our mission of encouraging civil discourse and teaching about the Senate. The great thing about this program is that it appeals to teens and adults. Before it’s anything else, it’s fun.”

The players will deal with issues of civil liberties, corporate interests and national security, ultimately deciding what’s best for the future of the nation within the game, all while using many super-powered Americans who draw their abilities from magical objects, biological experiments and futuristic technology.

“We’re hoping that this game offers a new and non-traditional way for people to learn about how our government works, through a fun and interactive role-play activity,” said Natalie Boyle, communications director of EMK. “Knowledge about how our government and how our Senate works is incredibly low. This game was created as part of the Institute’s mission to educate the public about how our legislative process works, and perhaps inspire people to potentially get involved in public service.”

The game is recommended for ages 14 and up although children under 14 may be accompanied by an adult. Staying true to a Senate debate, the game will be held in the Institute’s Senate Chamber. Participation is limited to 100 senators.

Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Ticket price includes general admission to the Institute. For further information and to register, visit emkinstitute.org.

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