Agents of Discovery is an educational mobile gaming platform that uses augmented reality to get youth active. We empower educators in all sectors to turn the whole world into an engaging, fun, and safe learning environment.
Educators use our online platform, the Mission Maker, to design their own games. These games (Missions) are then published to the Agents of Discovery app and available from the App and Play stores.
Missions are free to play and, once downloaded, do not require WiFi or a data connection.
The Mission Maker is an online platform that empowers educators and staff of all kinds to design their own mobile games in minutes. These games (or “Missions”) can be created in English, Spanish, or French. Missions are then instantly published to the Agents of Discovery app, and available for free from the App Store or Google Play. Missions can be played on-site or at home by using geo triggered or image trigger technology.
The efficacy of a mobile application to increase connectedness to nature and impart flora/fauna/ecological knowledge was assessed in 747 children in three separate and distinctive parks: a wetland, a prairie grassland, and an indoor tropical garden.
This study suggests technology can be used to promote engagement with nature and increase children’s enjoyment when experiencing local parks and surroundings. Children in all three groups covered by the study experienced positive effects from the use of place-based education to connect children to the local environment.
See this peer-reviewed article in the academic journal Environment & Behavior by Maxine R. Crawford et al.
Our Mission Maker Challenge Library is full of pre-made educational Challenges, created by our team of educators and other users like you. The Challenge Library allows you to view thousands of curated and user-generated Challenges – all of which can be quickly added to your Mission. To learn more about the Challenge Library and collections, click here.
With the addition of the Creative Commons API to the Mission Maker, you now have access to over 330 million open source digital images to create high quality Missions and Challenges. This tool can be found within the Mission Maker when creating a Mission or creating / editing Challenges (as well as anywhere else that you can add media).
To use the Creative Commons Search feature to add new media to your Mission, log on to mm.agentsofdiscovery.com and navigate to Home > Missions > Click on the Mission to edit > Scroll to Mission Media Section. From there, click the ‘Actions’ (circular yellow button with 3 dots) near your media and then click ‘Search Commons’. Once the dialog opens, type in anything you’d like to find images of.
To use the Creative Commons Search feature to add new media to your Challenges, log on to mm.agentsofdiscovery.com and navigate to Home > Challenges > Click the Edit icon to edit or create a new Challenge. From here, you can add new media to your Pre/Post Challenge sections or change any media used for answers. Click the ‘Actions’ (circular yellow button with 3 dots) near your media and then click ‘Search Commons’. Once the dialog opens, type in anything you’d like to find images of.
Audio search is still available for Sound Matcher Challenges but will now be accessed through the Search Creative Commons dialog. To add audio to a Sound Matcher Challenge, navigate to Home > Challenges > Click the Edit icon to edit or create a new Challenge > Scroll down to the Question section. To add/edit sound for an answer, click the ‘Actions’ (circular yellow button with 3 dots) near your media and then click ‘Search Commons’. Once the dialog opens, switch Media Type to Audio and type in anything you’d like to find audio for.
Different “Missions” (or “games”) are published to the Agents of Discovery mobile app. These are created by Agents of Discovery partners, and are specific to their site (e.g., park, museum, or similar). Once you are physically present at a partnering location (e.g., Griffith Park in Los Angeles), you can play the Mission. Each Mission typically consists of a map of the location, a Field Agent to lead players through the Mission, and 20 location-based “Challenges” (or “questions”). Players uncover the Challenges by exploring the site.
Every Mission is made up of Challenges. Challenges are specific questions which are geographically placed with Markers in your Mission of all different types (AR Picker, Image 50/50, Sound Matcher, etc.). Challenges consist of questions (based on Challenge type), answers, Pre-Challenge and Post-Challenge information to communicate game contents to the Player.
Our Image Recognition triggers allow players to scan custom images to reveal secret Challenges within a Mission. Using state-of-the-art technology, players can engage with their environment in a whole new way!
Image Recognition triggers can be attached to one or multiple Challenges within a Mission; and players are required to scan the IR triggers to unlock their respective Challenges. IR trigger images can be posted around a Mission site (Ex. signs inside of a museum or interpretive bay) – or, they can be printed onto cards and books! Missions can be made up entirely of IR triggers, or they may have a combination of IR triggered and Geo-triggered Challenges. Planning a unit about space? Why not scan each planet to learn more about it? The opportunities are endless!
Players can hunt for hidden GPS-based Challenges around your location. There is no signage installation requirement for your Mission to appear in the game.
A Mixed Mission supports both GPS-based Challenges and Trigger-based Challenges. This mode is recommended for Missions that have an indoor and outdoor component.
Players will hunt for QR Codes or IR triggers that you have installed at your Mission. When they reach a QR Code or IR trigger, they will use their scanner to unlock the Challenges you have created. This requires you to print and display QR Codes or IR triggers at your Mission. This mode is recommended for indoor Missions, which may have poor GPS reception.
Cynthia Rounds, 7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher
Jeran Bogle, Recreation Facility Director, City of Los Angeles
Morgan Smith, Chief of Interpretation, San Francisco Maritime Museum
We empower educators to transform the whole world into an engaging, active, and safe learning environment.