Seniors visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library


Seniors visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

The class of 2020 participated in an field trip at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Feb 3 that included an interactive simulation called The Situation Room.  The seniors are currently enrolled in a Government course as a part their Social Studies requirements. In this course, veteran teacher Mr. Sifter teaches about aspects of the United States national, state and local government including voting procedures, political parties, government roles and contemporary issues.

The Situation Room Experience the students took part included technically integrated role-playing crisis simulations. In the high-intensity, collaborative decision making scenarios, information moved quickly and every individual choice has consequences. Because participant input shapes the experience, no simulation is ever the same. The students had to work together to solve a fictitious disaster.

The seniors embraced the simulation which allowed all students to take on a role as either a member of government or the press. Students filled roles such as Secretary of State, Secretary of Communications, Chief Correspondent for NBC, the Physician to the President and the Chief of Staff. The seniors were familiar with these roles because many of them hold similar roles within Alverno’s student leadership program which is modeled after the United States government. The simulation is hosted in an incredible space which includes areas for each press group, a closed off room for the President’s fictitious medical staff and most impressive, the actual situation room that Reagan sat in during his terms as president. The situation room was re-modeled after Reagan’s presidency and the old items that would no longer be in use were used to create the situation room at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum. The wood paneling, the conference table, the carpeting and more were all the items in the actual situation room in Washington at the time of Reagan’s presidency! The students were highly impressed and honored to be sitting in that space. The fictitious disaster was handled swiftly and pragmatically by Alverno students and the crisis was averted.

It was an incredibly insightful day that ended with a walk through the museum and tour of Ronald Reagan’s Air Force One and a walk through the museum. 

It was a wonderful field trip for the Class of 2023!


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