ParkApps' first application is a tool called ParkApps NE Ohio. It is a collaborative project between Kent State University, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the Cleveland MetroParks and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1422764). ParkApps NE Ohio is a GPS-enabled, mobile application that provides park visitors with an immersive, informal learning experience; it gives visitors access to just-in-time information as they explore various geologic or historical landscapes and as they encounter unknown plants and animals.
Visitors who use ParkApps NE Ohio have the ability to follow pre-created adventures that guide them through asking and answering important scientific questions about biology, geology, mathematics, etc. In addition to seeking and gaining information, visitors can join a community of citizen scientists, supporting science efforts by uploading photos of plants, animals, and rock formations during their visit.
ParkApps NE Ohio is currently available on the Apple Store. An Android version is forthcoming.