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A Lab-Based Chemical Escape Room: Educational, Mobile, and Fun!

Cite this: J. Chem. Educ. 2019, 96, 5, 955–960
Publication Date (Web):March 5, 2019
Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.

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    Imagine being locked in a chemical lab with 4 “bombs” that will detonate within 60 min unless you neutralize them. You now must use your brain, chemical knowledge, intuition, and need a bit of luck to neutralize the bombs and escape unharmed... This is the concept behind “chemical escape”, an activity for high-school students, which brings the extremely popular genre of “escape rooms” into the chemistry classroom; it engages students in learning, increases motivation, and bridges the gap between classroom chemistry and the real world, as well as allows for teamwork and peer learning. A mobile escape room was designed and built in Israel; it consisted of lab-based activities and was suitable for high schools. To date, the activity has been introduced to more than 350 chemistry teachers who then implemented it to over 1500 students. An evaluation questionnaire was developed on the basis of students’ statements of their experience of the escape room (bottom-up); the results indicate that the students were highly engaged and motivated during the activity, and there was an appreciation for teachers’ efforts to run the escape room, an increased feeling of efficacy, and effective teamwork. In this paper we provide a detailed description of all the puzzles and an explanation of how to operate it in a school lab.

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