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Civics 101, a free public service of PCN, is an online educational tool to help Pennsylvania students understand how our state government works. This tool is intended to supplement classroom learning, but can also be a useful tool in the home. Programs include interviews with elected officials, tours of the state capitol and Governor's residence, and so much more. In addition, an interactive video game is available to keep children interested and engaged. A Continuing Education section provides adults with a deeper level of study through talks on related topics. The site is accompanied by a Teacher's Guide, which provides ideas for ways Civics 101 resources may be used in the classroom.Civic 101 Game Link ButtonCivic 101 Game Tutorial Button


Teacher's Guide & Tools

User's guide and other classroom tools.

Executive Branch

The Governor serves as the Executive of Pennsylvania. He or she is responsible for approving or vetoing laws passed by the General Assembly, subject to a two-thirds override.Hall of Governors

Legislative Branch

Pennsylvania's General Assembly consists of two bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The main task of these two bodies is to make laws.


Rep. Bill Kortz
"My sincere thank you to PCN for being proactive in the area of civics education. This is a dire need in our society today."

Cheryl Guss, Retired Teacher, Central Dauphin School District
"This resource is so rich in content and could be used for an entire school year. It is interesting and encourages students to become civically responsible."

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Civics 101 was created with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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