Welcome to the amazing Sunalta School.
Why is it amazing you ask? For many reasons, I am sure, but here is one.
Grade 6 is a challenging year, with standardized testing often setting a tone of “must-do” in classrooms across Calgary. But at Sunalta, the Grade 6 teachers facilitate something remarkably creative: students build a cardboard castle in the classroom! (Totally rad.) Everything they do is linked to curriculum including math and geometry.
This is the kind of atmosphere that Principal Marie and her amazing teachers have worked to create in the school.
And that’s the atmosphere that we walked into on Day 1 of the week long residency program.
Students were so excited, many of them recalling last year’s escape rooms and mimicking clues that they remembered.
We got off to a great start with plentiful supplies and flurrious building:
All 3 room themes were firsts for us at Mobile Escape:
Candyland was built by the grade 1 and 2 students. They enjoyed making colourful creations, across different lands. Escapers were tasked with finding gingerbread pieces that would combine to make a password, granting access to King Candy’s Castle!
The Lego room was built by the Grade 3 and 4 students. They created giant blocks, minifigures and miscellaneous accessories. Escapers needed to retrieve power crystals to reboot their spaceship and get back to earth.
And the Grade 5 and 6 students built Azkaban prison from Harry Potter. Little is know about the prison in the books, so students used their imaginations including a Basilisk, Dementors, a hidden room and more. The final code for this escape room was both ingenious and tricky!