Cuban Missile Crisis Simulation

Heat up your Cold War lesson by participating in a case-based simulation.

Do your students have what it takes to avert a nuclear catastrophe? This simulation places students in the role of CIA intelligence analysts in October 1962. By analyzing declassified primary documents and U-2 photographs, students advise President Kennedy of the "ground truth" at each stage of the crisis. Can sources be trusted? What is REALLY going on? The outcome is in their hands.

Key Concepts and Skills:

  • History: Cold War/Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Government: how intelligence is interpreted and informs policy decisions
  • Interpreting primary (declassified) documents
  • Critical thinking and decision-making skills

Critical Intel

Grades: 7+

60 Minutes


My Students loved the workshop and the entire experience.           -History teacher, Leesburg, VA