What is an escape room residency?

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Phase 1 Acclimation & Introduction

The vision is cast for the days ahead. Students engage Mobile Escape’s challenges as well as a maker space. This looks very similar to an in-class field trip (2 hrs). It helps level the playing field, giving everyone an escape room experience, as well as a chance to make puzzles, riddles and codes of their own.



Students work together in groups to imagine what their own escape room might look like. Parameters include: their story and physical constraints are defined, an inventory list, as well as lock and clue types. After creating a coherent blueprint, they present it to the class and their best ideas are selected for implementation.



It’s time to build the escape rooms. Students are divided into task forces – theme team, A/V team, puzzle team, etc – each helping in a unique way toward the completion of a unified escape room. Conflicts of opinion are resolved in the process. This is a flurrious time of cardboard, tape, paint and... awesomeness!


Phase 4 refine & SHOWCASE

Loose ends are wrapped up. The master clue sheet is consolidated. The rooms are tested for difficulty level. Students are assigned to different time slots when they are able to host their own escape rooms. And finally it is time to showcase their work to other students, siblings, parents, and the school community.

What others are saying

[Mobile Escape] left a lasting impression on the kids. At the end of Thursday, they all said “We miss Paul and Eric!”. You guys were incredible from your level of engagement, enthusiasm and classroom management.... The mobile trailer alone had some of our most talented kids challenged with critical thinking but our students who usually struggle had a chance to excel. I think one of the biggest lessons for them were that things do not always mean what they appear to be and that they need to be critical about what information is presented them.
— Courtney, University School

Kathy Salmon, Principal at University School, had this to say about the Mobile Escape room residency:

"The Escape Room Residency with Eric and Paul was an amazing opportunity for students to create their own escape room challenges.  Eric and Paul were skilful facilitators in setting up task requirements and parameters.  The room was buzzing with intense concentration and excitement as students were completely absorbed by the task demands of creativity, ingenuity, and strategy.  Both the escape room and residency were valuable learning opportunities for students and capacity building for teachers."
Thanks for an amazing experience! Our Grade 6 students loved the opportunity to expand and share their learning. You were able to recognize their brilliance and create a safe place to explore.
— Danelle

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