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Escape rooms have become incredibly popular for their ability to transport participants into thrilling and immersive scenarios. These interactive experiences challenge individuals to solve puzzles, work as a team, and think critically under pressure to escape within a set time frame. As educators, you can harness the excitement of escape rooms to create educational and engaging experiences for students. In this guide, we'll explore how to design an escape room tailored for students, fostering their creativity, problem-solving skills, and collaboration while making learning fun.
So, you’re here to learn how to create an escape room for students. It’s easier than you might think! Follow these seven steps to create an engaging learning experience for your students.
It’s important to note that even conventional escape rooms that aren’t designed to be educational are still great learning opportunities! So if designing your own escape room feels daunting, you can always find one that already exists and build your lesson around it.
Before diving into designing an escape room, it's essential to define clear learning objectives. Identify the specific skills or knowledge you want students to gain from the experience. Whether it's reinforcing historical events, teaching math concepts, or enhancing communication skills, the educational objective will serve as the foundation of your escape room design.
Select a theme that resonates with your student's interests while aligning with the educational objective. Themes can range from historical periods to science-fiction adventures or even literary worlds. Engaging themes not only captivate students' attention but also make learning more relatable and enjoyable.
Looking to teach an escape room you don’t have to create yourself? You can craft a lesson from even the most outrageous themes. While some escape rooms are more obviously educational (for example, 60out’s Time Machine escape room focuses on Nikola Tesla), and other escape rooms may present hidden opportunities for lessons. For example, perhaps you can learn about jungle ecology after playing the Jumanji room or about the history of ocean exploration after playing Nautilus. You’ll need to get a little creative, but there’s an escape room for nearly every subject!
Puzzles are the heart of an escape room. Create a variety of puzzles that align with the theme and educational goal. Incorporate puzzles that require critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and knowledge application. Consider incorporating hands-on activities, riddles, logic puzzles, and even augmented reality elements to keep students fully engaged throughout the experience.
A well-crafted storyline enhances the escape room experience, immersing students in the world you've created. Develop a compelling narrative that sets the scene, introduces the challenge, and motivates students to complete their mission. The narrative should connect to the educational content seamlessly, making it an integral part of the student's journey.
Immerse students in the escape room's theme with carefully designed sets and props. Create a realistic environment that complements the narrative and enhances the overall experience. Consider using technology, lighting effects, and soundscapes to add an extra layer of excitement to the escape room.
Before unveiling the escape room to your students, test it thoroughly with a group of colleagues or friends. Observe their interactions, note any challenges or ambiguities, and gather feedback. Use this information to refine and improve the escape room's puzzles and design.
During the escape room experience, act as a facilitator rather than an instructor. Allow students to explore and work through challenges independently while providing guidance when needed. After the escape room, debrief with the students to discuss the educational content, teamwork, and problem-solving strategies they used during the activity.
If you're looking to give your students or children a memorable learning adventure, consider 60out's escape rooms. With our extensive experience in creating immersive escape room experiences, we ensure that your kids have a blast while learning something new.
Our state-of-the-art escape rooms are carefully crafted to engage minds of all ages. They also foster essential skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. While the primary focus is on fun and excitement, students will develop problem-solving abilities and improve their ability to work as a team along the way.