Virtual Experience

Lives in Balance


The Ronald Reagan Library is delighted to present to you in partnership with iThrive Games Foundation our new Virtual Simulation Lives in Balance. In this incredibly unique experience, students will use web-based technology to engage in using and interpreting critical documents and concepts as they interact in real-time with each other, face to face (vis-a-vis video conferencing).  

This simulation takes inspiration from our site-based simulations while having its own twist to relate to current events. Lives in Balance is designed specifically with distance learning in mind. This scenario thrusts the students into a fictional, modern day pandemic where they will take on the roles of either a state governor or U. S. government official.   A group of 6 students will respond to their own fictional pandemic over the span of 40 minutes. Each student will have to grapple with the decision between the reopening of the economy and the consideration of public health; and the consequences resulting from their decisions.  As this distance learning simulation is cloud based, teachers can run several scenarios at the same time, so all students can participate.

For more information on the simulation or for details on having your class participate in this experience, please visit