Senate Immersion Module

The Kennedy Institute’s Senate Immersion Module (SIM) program will return in Fall 2023. Visit the Facilitated School Programs page for more information about our in-person and virtual school programs.

The SIM is a 2.5-hour program for students in 8th through 12th grades that is available during the academic year and by special arrangement during the summer holidays. Groups of 32 to 100 students can participate in the SIM. Massachusetts school groups are free for students and teachers. To schedule a SIM program, please complete our School Visit Request Form. For more information, please contact To stay up to date with the Kennedy Institute’s educational programs, sign up for our educator mailing list.

The award-winning Senate Immersion Module (SIM) is a program for middle and high school students that uses negotiation and debate skills to learn about the legislative process. Using high-touch technology on tablets provided by the Institute, groups of students work together to create a bill on a historic issue or current policies affecting the country.

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For more information contact us at or 617-740-7000.

Learn More About the SIM

  • SIM Topics and Curriculum

    Download Common Core aligned lesson plans to use in preparing students for the SIM and as a follow-up to the SIM experience.

  • College Programs

    Learn about the SIM for college students, including pricing, topics and alternative programs.

  • Other K-12 Programs

    Explore other options for field trips at the Kennedy Institute, including guided tours and simulations.