An escape room is a physical game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. In the article, “For Hornsby Middle School teacher, escape rooms provide an engaging way to learn“, new social studies teacher Evan Pfeiffer created an escape room for his eigth-graders. Pfeiffer wanted to do something that would incorporate fun and learning for his students and provide a unique educational experience.
Teams of around six had 30 minutes to solve their way out of the room. “One of the most special takeaways is that several students who may not have been engaged in some of the more traditional work we do in the classroom were able to be engaged,” Pfeiffer said. “I saw students who had never shown interest before come alive and demonstrate they could successfully master some of the content.”
Watch the Video
Watch the instructional video Pfeiffer created to introduce the activity to his students.
Escape rooms are becoming more popular in all types of educational settings. Review the article and consider ways you might offer an escape room at your park or site, or ways you might help a local school or teacher achieve a similar activity.
Doiron, Alexa. “For Hornsby Middle School teacher, escape rooms provide an engaging way to learn”. WYDaily, 16 June 2018.