Boston, MA – The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate welcomed more than thirty juniors from Hawthorne Christian Academy in Hawthorne on Thursday, November 16th, for a 2.5 hour immersive, educational program on the workings of the Senate. Using high-touch technology on tablets provided by the Institute, students took on the role of U.S. Senators and worked together to build and passing the Compromise of 1850.

The Institute’s nationally recognized Senate Immersion Module program (SIM) provides an in-depth opportunity for students to engage in the legislative process. Students participate in hearings, committee mark-ups, and floor debates that culminate in a final vote on legislation inside the Institute’s full-scale replica U.S. Senate Chamber. Since opening in March of 2015, the Institute has hosted more than 40,000 students from across the Commonwealth and the nation to take on both historic and current issues, from Reconstruction to the PATRIOT Act.

“Students are here as part of a Boston historical tour, hoping to understand the political process, compromise, and how senators had to deal with issues in historical times,” said David Seidman, Head of School at Hawthorne Christian Academy.

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The Institute’s Senate Immersion Module is compatible with Common Core curriculum. Specifically, the SIM provides corresponding pre- and post-lesson plans that meet Literacy Standards. “The Institute is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of leaders to be engaged in our democracy,” said Jean MacCormack, President of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. “The Senate Immersion Module program brings this to life when students are able to discuss prominent issues in the American political dialogue, reach agreement with others on the other side of the aisle, and collectively make their voices heard.”

At the completion of the program, the student-Senators from Hawthorne Christian Academy voted 24-9 in favor of passing the Compromise of 1850.