Sneak peek: Vanished ARG with MIT and Smithsonian, c/o ARGNet

Vanished is science-fiction themed alternate reality game launching on April 4th, created and run by MIT’s Education Arcade and the Smithsonian Institution. Vanished invites kids and teens 11-14 to participate in the role of scientific  detectives, although older participants can also follow along with  special “watcher” accounts. Players will uncover clues, form and test  scientific hypotheses, collaborate with their peers, engage online with  scientists, and learn about a broad range of scientific fields. Over the  course of eight weeks, they will encounter multiple scientific  mysteries that require real scientific methods to solve.
Each of the eight weeks of Vanished comprises a chapter with  its own activities, scientific content, and another layer of a larger  mystery. Online, players will engage with scientists from the  Smithsonian via video conferences, play games that will help to  illustrate concepts, and unlock clues and hidden messages. Offline,  players need to explore their own neighborhoods for scientific data.  Journal entries from in-game characters will lead players to visit  Smithsonian-affiliated museums for exhibits to gather clues and learn  more about each scientific field.

Sneak peek: Vanished ARG with MIT and Smithsonian, c/o ARGNet

Vanished is science-fiction themed alternate reality game launching on April 4th, created and run by MIT’s Education Arcade and the Smithsonian Institution. Vanished invites kids and teens 11-14 to participate in the role of scientific detectives, although older participants can also follow along with special “watcher” accounts. Players will uncover clues, form and test scientific hypotheses, collaborate with their peers, engage online with scientists, and learn about a broad range of scientific fields. Over the course of eight weeks, they will encounter multiple scientific mysteries that require real scientific methods to solve.

Each of the eight weeks of Vanished comprises a chapter with its own activities, scientific content, and another layer of a larger mystery. Online, players will engage with scientists from the Smithsonian via video conferences, play games that will help to illustrate concepts, and unlock clues and hidden messages. Offline, players need to explore their own neighborhoods for scientific data. Journal entries from in-game characters will lead players to visit Smithsonian-affiliated museums for exhibits to gather clues and learn more about each scientific field.

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