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DUST – Alternate Reality Game

[Currently in Beta]

DUST is a alternate reality gaming experience that centers on the mysterious collapse of adults worldwide who fall into a coma-like state following a cataclysmic meteor shower. Following the story through a series of interactive motion comics, real-life players “hack” into NASA research databases and engage in collaborative play and inquiry across multiple media platforms to save the world.

In conjunction with leading educators, astronomers, and NASA scientists, and university students on both sides of the country, Tinder Transmedia developed DUST, an educational Alternate Reality Game (ARG) for middle school and early high school students.  Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, DUST gives teens the opportunity to learn and apply STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) principles in formal and informal settings.

ARGs are multi-platform interactive games that apply abstract concepts to a real-world scenario, such as the online game “World Without Oil” which fosters innovative thinking about renewable energy and sustainable development.  Designed with teens (utilizing teen co-designers in development) for teens, DUST immerses players in a rich, collaborative storyworld that requires them to solve a mystery by applying principles of scientific inquiry. Foundational concepts from astronomy, biology, and engineering are tied to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

– See more at NASA

Written by: Jared Cardon & Jeff Parkin
Creative Directors, Co-Lead Designers: Jared Cardon, Jeff Parkin
Lead Artist: Der-shing Helmer