Free mobile app Explore150 encourages youth to discover Canada's history
TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - TakingITGlobal and Get To Know are thrilled to announce the launch of the Explore150 mobile app. This project unites the organizations in an effort to
generate cultural and historic awareness through a peer-to-peer
platform. Combining mobile technology and youth engagement, the app
lets users discover more about and share their experiences at a growing
selection of natural, cultural, and historical sites across Canada.
Explore150 can be downloaded today for iOS/Android devices at http://www.explore150.ca
"It is vital that young Canadians have meaningful avenues to feel
connected to Canada's history and to see their personal stories as part
of a collective cultural narrative," said Jennifer Corriero, Executive
Director, TakingITGlobal. "We now have a platform that materializes our
objectives to enable youth to discover more about themselves and the
country they live in."
"Our Government is proud to invest in projects that help youth
experience history in meaningful and relevant ways," said the
Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
Languages. "This is especially important as we approach Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. We are pleased to give young Canadians opportunities
to connect with one another, learn new things about Canada and its
history, and explore the diversity of our communities."
Combining peer-to-peer sharing with elements of Canadian history,
Explore150's content comes straight from Canadian youth. A vital part
of the project's fruition, ambassadors from each province and territory
were a part of the process to select Canadian sites to be featured in
the app. These locations vary from historic sites and museums to
national parks and community markets. When a Explore150 user visits a
location on the app, they are encouraged to check-in to access the
peer-generated content on that site. Once checked-in, the user can
retrieve information on the site left by their peers and contribute
photos or written reflection about their experience at the location.
Completing these tasks at Explore150 locations lets users earn points
and compete for prizes.
Explore150 users are encouraged to discover new parts of Canada by
visiting sites in their community, and can access other parts of Canada
by participating dynamically from the comfort of their own home.
Explore150 works across platforms, including Twitter and Facebook,
ensuring that users can participate while staying connected with their
friends on pre-existing networks.
"It's so important that young Canadians feel connected to their country
and their heritage," said Mary Clark, Executive Director, Get To Know.
"The Explore150 app encourages exploration and learning about what it
means to be Canadian from like-minded individuals."
The Government of Canada is providing funding of $223,000 in 2013-2014
through the Youth Take Charge program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides
opportunities for young Canadians to become involved in a range of
activities designed to strengthen their knowledge of and attachment to
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