Escape room games are tricky, live-action games that involve the participants to actively looking for clues to escape. Escape rooms have a wide range of wide applications and are being used not just as a source of entertainment, but as team building exercises and as a tool to supplement learning for students. Here are some ways how teachers are incorporating educational experiences into escape rooms.
An escape room is a form of real-life simulations, compared to online simulations which have become very common. These simulations provide a better learning experience, because of interaction with a physical environment. In a live action simulation such as an escape room, the real fight or flight instinct kicks in, and fewer distractions around enable the students to be more focused to the task and learn better.
Riddles and puzzles
Teachers have often used these escape rooms to test the students’ knowledge of subjects. This has been done through incorporating riddles, or puzzles based on the subject, to point out clues to students and help them figure out a way to escape. These riddles can encourage students to learn everything about the subject, from historical dates and facts to the names of bones in the human body.
Team building skills
Similar to a professional environment, a classroom may also need some team building and collaborative exercises to help the students know each other, make friends and learn to work in teams. An escape room can be perfect for such an amalgamation of the classroom and the workplace, because it encourages students to work together and helps them communicate and develop team building skills on their own.
Training under pressure
Escape rooms can be particularly useful for students, to help them grow into better professionals. Such escape rooms and other activities can train students to work in a situations where there is a limited amount of time. Training them to work well under pressure can be very beneficial in the long run, with a significant improvement in the students’ test scores. Therefore these games help the students work better in stressful situations, not just exams, but can be carried forward in their professional lives.
These exercises involve several puzzles and mini games, which allow the brain to focus better on these tasks. When the frequency of these activities is increased, they can help in building cognitive abilities by increasing their focus and concentration. The end result is better concentration while students are studying, and reduced time needed to solve different problems, whether in real life or during exams.
Engaging in such activities can be very important as they combine classroom learning with physical activity, and they also result in increased mental abilities. They help students in building social skills and adapting their brains to the environment, allowing them to improve their attention spans and concentration, as well their problem-solving skills, and are fun ways to learn. After all, who doesn’t love the mystery and puzzle that an escape room brings.