Escape Room PD!
In our school, we host an annual Learning Technologies Week where we invite guest speakers and have each section of the school comes up with a project idea that they will complete and present for the duration of the week. This year, our school opted to get extra creative by planning an Escape Room Challenge for the entire Secondary Section of the school. Students will be placed into teams from Gr 9-10 and Gr 11-12 so that they can design an Escape Room around the themes from our guest speaker presentations which are – Cyber Smarts and Teens (Gr 9-10) and Critical Literacies “fake news” (Gr 11-12). (Stay tuned for an update of the process!).
What is an Escape Room?
An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Physical Escape Rooms are popping up in cities around the world. Escape Rooms in the classroom tend to include kits in which students use clues from their puzzles to break open locks and boxes amongst other items.
In order to think about how the escape room would function in the school, the department heads and admin team went on an escape room adventure to LostHK. We then organized our own escape room for our next staff meeting using the game Ad Agent from the Breakout EDU website in order to introduce the idea and concept to the teachers.
The next steps will involve pushing out information leading up to our Learning Technologies Week in order to help teachers and students prepare for and design their escape rooms!
Resources for an Escape Room:
The Breakout EDU Website has a ton of great resources to get you started including sample games and an Escape Room Design Template. Other great websites to check out for escape room resources include: The Escape Classroom, Lock Paper Scissors, and DIY Escape Room.
Create your own Escape Room Kit:
The Breakout EDU Website has premade kits you can purchase to conduct an Escape Room Challenge, however, it is quite simple to create your own using a few materials. Some suggested materials for building your own Escape Room kits are:
Multiple Types of Locks:
Invisible Ink Pens:
Tips for designing your escape room:
- Have a solid narrative for your game-do not underestimate the power of a well-designed theme!
- Ensure every puzzle/component of your escape room pertains to your theme (atmosphere is key for Escape Rooms!)
- Test your puzzles! Your Escape Room should take around 30-45 minutes.
Do you have any experience designing an Escape Room at your school? Comment below with what worked well and what could be improved upon!