Haxton, K (2019) ChemScapes: an Adaptable Chemistry Escape Room Challenge. In: ariety in Chemistry Education / Physics Higher Education Conference 2019, 22-23 Aug 2019, Bristol. (Unpublished)

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Escape rooms are increasing in popularity and the basic premise lends itself well to outreach activities: complete tasks to obtain clues and escape the room. We have adapted the format for use in a laboratory setting, creating a set of challenges that lead to single digit answers that in turn can unlock a combination padlock and obtain the prize. The challenges can be tuned for any age group from early secondary to undergraduate and allow a chance to develop team working skills, deductive reasoning skills, and apply laboratory skills in an engaging and supportive environment. Strategic thinking is encouraged through a token system for seeking help, and perseverance is rewarded. Small tasks developed so far include thin layer chromatography, pH measurements, isomers, and microscale transition metal chemistry, and by using age and stage appropriate language, an inclusive yet challenging activity can be created.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: chemistry, education, outreach, widening participation
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 15:51
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 15:54
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/6822

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