In August the American Embassy in Berlin started the U.S. Embassy School Election Project 2016 on the website TeachAboutUS.org to make a prediction for the outcome of the election in a certain state of the USA.
The two advanced courses in English of class 12 decided to take part in this project and registered for it. After a lottery launched by the Embassy, every participating course was provided with one of fifty states: Mrs Schmerler's course had to deal with Hawaii; Mrs Moritz' course with Colorado. We then had to decide whether those states would become a blue (Democrat) or red (Republican) one.
To make this prediction it was necessary to learn a lot about the electoral system in the U.S., the two final candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, their election campaign issues and our adopted states.
The highlight of our Election Project was a visit of the American Embassy in Berlin on October 25th, 2016. There we had a meeting with Mr Jeremy Fowler, the Deputy Cultural Attache`, and discussed a lot of different aspects and issues according to the election and the so-called swing states.
After having done our “homework” in some of our English lessons we finally had to make our prediction: both courses came to the conclusion that Hillary Clinton would win the election in said states.
We were also asked to take part in a student competition in form of a creative product. The advanced course En-2 decided to produce a short film on the prediction, that the state of Colorado would vote for Hillary Clinton, which you can watch here.
Watch the video on youtube:
In the end our predictions for Colorado and Hawaii were right, but this year, all participants' prediction did not turn out correct, it said that Hillary Clinton would become the new President of the United States.
This is the project outcome produced by all participants:
Created with the CNN Electoral College Map Maker.
Here are the actual election results from November 8, 2016. Republican candidate Donald Trump won with 279 to 228 electoral college votes over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton:
Screenshot from The New York Times.
Unfortunately, we did not win an award for our productions, but nothing else matters than having been part of the project!
It was a great experience for all of us to participate in this nationwide project and to become insiders of the U.S. Electoral System and the outcome of the Election 2016.
on behalf of the
Advanced courses 12/En-1 and 12/En-2
and their teachers Mrs Schmerler & Mrs Moritz