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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 classroom simulation places students in the role of CIA intelligence analysts in October 1962. By analyzing declassified primary documents and surveillance photos from  U-2 spy planes, students advise President Kennedy of the "ground truth" at each stage of the Crisis. Can sources be trusted? The outcome is in their hands.

Cold War | US History/Government | World History | Math | Decision Making/Conflict Resolution

Available as a Virtual Field Trip

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

10 - 50 students

Grades: 7+

60 Minutes


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