Created with: Game Changer Chicago Design Lab
Support: Hive Fund for Connected Learning
PowerSpots is a networked and team-based game played on mobile devices. The objective of each participating team is to find and capture highlighted spots on a shared map. The initial prototype of the game, tested in the summer of 2014, established the playing field as the University of Chicago campus. In two sessions, high school youth used iPads to explore spots including Rockefeller Chapel, The Oriental Institute, and Regenstein Library. Upon reaching a location, players would unlock one of over 20 challenges and puzzles that used location-specific clues and tested cryptography, code breaking, and math skills. We are now working to develop PowerSpots as a platform for locative play that can enable a citywide game that include academic content from a variety of disciplines.