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Oct. 19/2017

City debuts Agents of Discovery app in partnership with U.S. Forest Service
Mobile game offers creative way to experience Chandler parks

Chandler Parks & Recreation has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to launch an augmented reality game to encourage residents to get out and play. The Agents of Discovery game allows users to explore local parks through missions and challenges using geo-fencing technology.

The adventures begin by downloading the free game onto your mobile device from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. The games are aimed at children, with the assistance of their parents, ages 5 to 12. Users assume the roles of secret ‘agents’ on missions to solve challenges in their local parks by using an app on their smartphone or tablet.

Following the trails around each park, players can rescue the stolen robotic USBees, who store knowledge of the natural world. The fate of nature rests in their hands. Once players have completed missions, they can return to headquarters – cleverly disguised as a Chandler recreation center – and claim accolades and a reward.

The first mission and opportunity to use the mobile app will occur during the Mayor’s Day of Play at Tumbleweed Park, Saturday, Oct. 21. Along with the Agents of Discovery activity, the Day of Play will feature numerous interactive booths and games for participants to experience Chandler’s many recreation options. 

The Agents of Discovery education technology platform launched earlier this year in Washington, D.C. at the National Mall and Memorial Parks, as well as in San Francisco at the Maritime National Historical Park in California.

“Learning is no longer confined to the textbook; children and adults want to learn in ways that are engaging,” explained Joe Petrella, Chandler recreation manager. “In the spirit of playful learning, Agents of Discovery’s adventures are transforming our parks into outdoor classrooms where imaginations can run wild.”

Find more information at www.chandleraz.gov/agentsofdiscovery or call 480-782-2890.