As the 2016 election approaches, one of the biggest challenges will be convincing young voters to participate in the democratic process. Voters between the ages of 18 and 29 have consistently showed the lowest voter turnout out of all age groups, culminating at only 19% in the last presidential election (CBS News). We have also witnessed an overwhelming apathy towards politics among our classmates at our high school. In hopes to address this issue, we came up with an online game aimed at increasing youth interest in voting and awareness about the upcoming presidential election. We also hope to empower youth by showing them how important and effective their voices can be in our country’s political system.
We designed our game, Primary Panic, during the summer and fall of 2015. Taking the form of the bracket challenge of March Madness, Primary Panic intends to tap into the fun and enthusiasm that surrounds college sports and channel it towards the American political process. Instead of basketball games, however, Primary Panic players guess the winners of each presidential primary. Players can compete against their friends by filling out a bracket and trying to predict the most correct winners. Resources and links on the website are also provided to help players learn about candidates and the general primary process.
Primary Panic can be played online for free at: primarypanic.org
We really appreciate your consideration of Primary Panic and wish good luck to all the other submissions!
Creators: Jaclyn Tsiang, Kimberly Tsiang, Maddie McAdams