About Agents of Discovery

Who We Are

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.

See Missions from around the world

What is Augmented Reality (AR) ?

Check out our blog for more information on our cutting-edge technology.

The Mission Maker

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.

Using Mobile Technology to Engage Children With Nature

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.

The Challenge Library

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.

Publish Missions to the Mobile Game

Once you have published your Mission, it is then immediately available to view and play on the Agents of Discovery mobile game in the Apple or Google Play stores.

Using Images and Audio for your Mission

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.

Search Commons through the Mission Maker

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.

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What is a Mission?

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.

What are Challenges?

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.

What people are saying about Agents of Discovery

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“It’s been an amazing experience watching my students get excited about the curriculum and become species experts.”

Cynthia Rounds, 7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher

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“The Mission Maker is where all internal work is done. And it’s really easy and user friendly.”

Jeran Bogle, Recreation Facility Director, City of Los Angeles

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“Agents of Discovery is a fantastic way to connect with families and students who visit the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.”

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.

Agents of Discovery | Best Educational Learning Games
Agents of Discovery | Best Educational Learning Games