The 2022 STEM Passport Mobile App is Here!

You and your child can explore STEM in the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) with our new mobile app. The GLBR is home to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) destinations and programs.  The Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Passport is a learning resource for 19 different hands-on, dynamic STEM organizations in the community.  Now locating them is easy! The app is a great resource to access information about current STEM-based activities and events in the region.

The app is currently available on Android / Google Play Store, and iOS / Apple App Store. Below you will find instructions on how to download the app, create an account, app destinations, and other STEM and regional resources.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE APP:

What is Map Buddy?

Launching Map Buddy

Install Map Buddy

Creating an Account

How to Check-In

STEM Destinations on App

More STEM Resources

Library Systems & STEM

Environmental Education & STEM

Other Family Resources


What is Map Buddy?

Map Buddy is an app that lets you find and interact with places using your cell phone based on where you’re physically located. With the STEM Pipeline map in Map Buddy you can find and check-in to participating Michigan STEM organizations. By checking in you have a chance to win prizes via attendance at STEM Passport locations.


Launching Map Buddy

First, visit the Map Buddy app using your phone. You can do this by scanning the following QR code:

or the website: https://bit.ly/GLBRA-MB

This will take you to the STEM Pipeline map inside of the app.


Install Map Buddy

At this point, the app is open inside of your web browser, but that isn’t necessarily the easiest Map Buddy. Instead, you may prefer to install the mobile app.

iOS Safari & Android Chrome

Download the mobile App by scanning this QR Code or clicking on the link.

Creating an Account

Note: If you logged into Map Buddy on iOS in your browser, you will need to log in again. iOS won’t remember your login across Safari and the installed app. If you prefer, keep using Map Buddy in your browser and you will still have access to the information.

Step 1: Enable Location Access

 

Radar Chat needs your permission to access your location data. On the screen that you’re viewing, tap the “Enable Location Access” button in the middle of the screen.

 

Note: If you visited a different screen then you can tap the global icon on the bottom toolbar to head back to a screen with this button.Your phone will then ask you if you would like to share your location with Map Buddy. Confirm that you would like to give access, and once you do, the map should update to show your location.

Step 2: Create an Account

 

Next you’ll want to create an account with Map Buddy. By having an account you will be able to check-in to the locations that you visit in order to win prizes.

 

Tap the “Create Account or Login” button that replaced the location button. This will take you to the account creation screen.

Step 3: Provide your Email Address

 

On this screen, type in your email address, and then tap the “Email me a Login Link” button.
Step 4: Confirm your Email Address
You will receive an email with a button to sign in. Tap the button in the email to be taken back to the app.
Step 5: Choose a Username

 

You’ll then be taken to a screen where you can enter a username. Type in a username and tap the “Confirm Username” button to finish creating an account.

 

You’ll be taken back to the STEM Pipeline map. The top of your screen should have “#glbra-stem-pipeline” displayed to show that you’re in the STEM map. If it doesn’t, then tap the magnifying lens icon in the bottom bar, then type “stem” in the search at the top of the screen. Tap the result for #glbra-stem-pipeline to be taken to the map. Tap the “Subscribe” button on this screen if present to subscribe to the map.

STEM Map:

 
Now that you’re viewing in the STEM map, you can look for locations to check in to. Depending on where you’re currently located you might not see anything on the map. Tap the zoom-out button on the map to zoom out several times and it should then display STEM locations that you can interact with.

Icons on the map represent our partner locations. Tap one of the icons to get a popup with more information about the location and to be given the opportunity to interact with it.


The icons below each message allow you to interact with it. The icons perform the following actions:

  • Globe: Takes you to the website for that location
  • Calendar: Takes you to the STEM Pipeline events calendar for that location
  • Instagram Logo: Takes you to the location’s Instagram account, if applicable
  • Facebook Logo: Takes you to the location’s Facebook account, if applicable
  • Turning Indicator: Opens your maps application so you can get driving directions
  • Marker with a Plus: Prompts you to check in to the location if you’re nearby

How to Check-In

To check-in, you’ll need to be visiting the location in real life when you tap the check-in button. If you’re close enough, you’ll get a popup asking if you agree to share your email with the STEM Pipeline for the contest. If you aren’t close enough to the location, then you’ll get an error that you need to get closer. Every phone has a different GPS quality. If you’re inside of the building and your GPS says that you’re far away, you may want to stand outside of the building to increase the accuracy.

Once you check-in to the location, the check-in button will be disabled.

START EXPLORING TODAY!


STEM Destinations on App


More STEM Resources


Library Systems & STEM


Environmental Education & STEM


Other Family Resources



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