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Stephanie Raper
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Great Science Escape



The Great Science Escape is underway at Grenada High School! Students in Mrs. Sara Pollan's Chemistry classes were both intrigued and befuddled as they used their knowledge of the scientific method in an attempt to "escape" during the challenging assignment. Modeled after the popular Escape Room venues popping up all over the country, this assignment required students to solve a series of questions and puzzles in order to free themselves from an imaginary entrapment.

As students entered the classroom, they were presented with a mission objective. Students worked in small groups during the exciting task to solve the objective which stated: After a good night's sleep, you wake up to find yourself trapped inside your room. Random objects have also been left behind for you to find. You must use your knowledge of the scientific method to figure out how to use these objects in order to escape. Answer the questions at each level and be sure to record each answer. Once all four questions have been answered, use the decoder to progress to the next level. You must hurry and escape your room before you end up trapped forever!

Escape Room Studies
Pollan discovered the escape room concept during a workshop at the University of Mississippi this summer. The activity presents subject information in an intriguing way to encourage students to engage in critical thinking during their lessons. The system used for the Great Science Escape required students to use their personal electronic devices to access a website for clues and codes for use during the assignment.

Only about half of the chemistry students escaped by solving all the puzzles and unlocking all six locks, but one hundred percent enjoyed the activity! Students came away with a greater appreciation and knowledge of the scientific method, and they also discovered new ways of thinking outside the box to solve problems not just about science but in real life as well.

The Great Science Escape is underway at Grenada High School! Students in Mrs. Sara Pollan's Chemistry classes were both intrigued and befuddled as they used their knowledge of the scientific method in an attempt to "escape" during the challenging assignment. Modeled after the popular Escape Room venues popping up all over the country, this assignment required students to solve a series of questions and puzzles in order to free themselves from an imaginary entrapment.

As students entered the classroom, they were presented with a mission objective. Students worked in small groups during the exciting task to solve the objective which stated:
After a good night's sleep, you wake up to find yourself trapped inside your room. Random objects have also been left behind for you to find. You must use your knowledge of the scientific method to figure out how to use these objects in order to escape. Answer the questions at each level and be sure to record each answer. Once all four questions have been answered, use the decoder to progress to the next level. You must hurry and escape your room before you end up trapped forever!

Pollan discovered the escape room concept during a workshop at the University of Mississippi this summer. The activity presents subject information in an intriguing way to encourage students to engage in critical thinking during their lessons. The system used for the Great Science Escape required students to use their personal electronic devices to access a website for clues and codes for use during the assignment.

Only about half of the chemistry students escaped by solving all the puzzles and unlocking all six locks, but one hundred percent enjoyed the activity! Students came away with a greater appreciation and knowledge of the scientific method, and they also discovered new ways of thinking outside the box to solve problems not just about science but in real life as well.