A demonstration for the Agents of Discovery Program, a free augmented-reality educational app, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Los Angeles State Historic Park, located near downtown
Agents of Discovery is an innovative, educational mobile game that uses augmented reality to teach children about the world around them. The game also provides educators with a unique way to present information, enabling them to design games for children with an easy-to-use “Mission Maker” feature. The games, or “missions,” are then published on the app and available from the App Store and Google Play. Children complete the free missions on tablets or smart devices.
“Agents of Discovery missions provide interpretation when there is no one available to deliver a personal interpretive program,” said Brad Krey, Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students Program manager for California State Parks. “It uses 21st century tools to engage and get people outside and moving.”
Launched by California State Parks in 2017, the educational app, “has quickly become one of the more popular ways California State Parks has incorporated technology into interpretation and education,” said Interpretation and Education Division K12 Access Project coordinator Erin Gates.
California State Parks and Agents of Discovery are hosting the family-friendly event at Los Angeles State Historic Park to celebrate the official launch of the new “LA SHP Mission” and the success of the SoCal Explorer 2.0 Campaign. The campaign is comprised of 11 partners, including California State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, city and county of Los Angeles and others.
Guests will be the first to play the new “LA SHP” augmented reality mission. Players who complete multiple missions will be awarded certificates and prizes including tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood.
To download the free Agents of Discovery mobile app, visit Google Play or the App Store. After downloading the app, find the participating park’s mission and download it before heading to the park. No data or Wi-Fi is required to play the mission once it has been downloaded. Los Angeles State Historic Park is located at 1245 N. Spring St. For information, visit agentsofdiscovery.com.
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