By Max Bomber
Hoosiers can now test their knowledge of Indiana civics with a new website and quiz.
“Hoosiers who learn about the importance of voting at a young age are more likely to vote as an adult,” Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said in a statement. “This website works to teach students about the history of Indiana and why voting is important to encourage voter participation.”
The new website, Connie’s Civics Corner, is part of a larger initiative. Andrew Lang, deputy communications director for the secretary of state, said the website and the quiz were made to foster civic engagement, particularly in young Hoosiers.
The website is designed to educate students, voters and teachers about state symbols and natural resources. Most of the answers to the quiz can be found on the website. The education program is designed to teach students about Indiana and inspire them to be active participants in U.S. government.
“The quiz is just a great way to kind of get people thinking about Indiana. Being aware of our state symbols, some of the history of our state government…” said Lang. “We want to make that something that folks who may not be of voting age can still engage with and be drawn to the website.”
As well as informing Hoosiers about local civics, the website also features resources on how to register to vote, how to become a poll worker and a tool for finding out which elected officials represent you. Additionally, there are stories about how votes cast throughout time have changed our nations history, including giving women the right to vote and adding states to the union.
For teachers who wish to get more involved in civics education, there are lesson plans available on the website. The site can be accessed at IndianaCivics.com.
“Its just more of a fun thing for now, so folks can share with their friends on social media,” said Lang.