Local teenage girls will be participating in the AR (Augmented Reality) Girls program, a digital interactive art, design, and storytelling initiative.

The program is spearheaded by the Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance (MMSA), and a Community Showcase will be presented at the Wintergreen Arts Center on Saturday, October 12, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The Showcase is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.  Refreshments will be served.

Augmented Reality is a contemporary way of interactive storytelling in which a computer or mobile device is used to mix real-life and digital content.

The AR Girls Community Showcase is a chance for the girls to demonstrate the results of their efforts over the summer and fall to create digital games for the purpose of interactive storytelling experiences.  The public will be able to download a software app on their smartphones or devices and play along with the girls.

Working in teams, the AR Girls used ARIS technology to design unique games integrating digital art components for the user to experience and learn from at various stops on real-time tours in the downtown Presque Isle area.

The AR Girls project is the first of its kind in the country and is aimed at increasing the participation of girls in STEM careers by inspiring them to design Augmented Reality to communicate topics that are important to them and their community.