Retired justice's civics learning game helps students learn about winning the White House

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Sandra Day O’Connor in 2013. Joel Shawn / Shutterstock.com

Students playing a video game called Win the White House try to amass more than 300 electoral votes, raise money for campaign events, stay on message and avoid mudslinging.

The game—offered on a free iCivics website founded by retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor—is a big hit, the Wall Street Journal reports. Students played Win the White House more than a million times in October.

Other video games offer students the chance to play a member of Congress, decide a U.S. Supreme Court case, and run a law firm handling Bill of Rights cases.

O’Connor founded the iCivics website and nonprofit group because she was worried that schools had stopped teaching civics, the New York Times reported in March. She told the newspaper she wants students to understand the importance of an independent judiciary and the right to due process.

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