SPENT is an online game about surviving poverty and homelessness created by ad agency McKinney for pro bono client Urban Ministries of Durham, whose mission “is to provide food, clothing, shelter and supportive services to neighbors in need.
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Games and Interactive MediaGames and videos have become a fixture of youth daily life and are effective ways to engage young people in learning social issues. In this section, educators will be able to find both games and videos that help young people to experience and understand the issues of federal budget and the challenges of national debt.
Visualizing Economics is a website that creates various infographics about economics. Their infographics spans the spectrum of issues related to economics: income distribution, the federal budget, and taxes, among others.
The Federal Budget Challenge is an interactive web survey tool that is created by Next 10 and The Concord Coalition. Participants can learn major public policies and their impact on the U.S. fiscal future, make budget decisions, read real-time budget meter that indicates the overall national debt based on their policy choices, and get a summary report of their decisions by completing this challenge. As the website states, “the Federal Budget Challenge allows you to decide which options constitute the fairest and most effective way to work toward a balanced federal budget.”
The Data Viz Challenge, a visualization project initiated by Eyebeam in partnership with Google, presents a variety of engaging visualizations about U.S. government’s spending of the tax money. From the website:
“Every year, Americans fill out income tax forms and make a payment to the IRS. It’s an important civic duty, but it is also a lot of money. Where does it all go? Using data provided by WhatWePayFor.com, we challenged artists, coders, and the general public to create data visualizations that would make it easier for U.S. citizens to understand how the government spends our tax money.”
Your Federal Tax Receipt is an interactive web page that allows you to calculate how much of your federal tax dollars are allocated to various federal expenses. Simply put the federal taxes you paid this year in the entry column, and you will get your federal tax receipt with details about your tax expenses on social security, national defense, education, and more. You can find a similar interactive web page from the White House website.
The Secret Millionaires Club is a web based animation series that teaches young people basic and valuable financial lessons. The series features an animated Warren Buffet as a mentor to a group of children aspiring to create their own businesses. He advises them on everything from the need to save to the importance of investing.
This vivid and eye opening documentary focuses on America’s escalating debt and its resulting consequences on its citizens in the coming years. It follows former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker across the country as he tries to explain the current economic predicament to concerned citizens and highlights historical evidence and statistical data to further support the claim that our nation faces a very uncertain future if we do not resolve our debt issues.
Budgetball is a game that raises awareness about the issue of the national debt and encourage discussion and debate about America’s fiscal future.