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By going through the games, players develop their problem-solving and reading comprehension skills, Brooke Windsor, a librarian at Richmond Hill Public Library in Ontario says. She’s made several escape rooms, including ones themed around Star Wars, Marvel superheroes, and Jurassic World. In addition to honing those skills, the problems and puzzles often involve geography or math.
“We still want to sneak in that learning, broccoli-in-the-brownie style,” says Windsor.
These activities provide a vehicle for teachers to get students interested in different subjects. Lockard says that her ancient Egypt-themed escape room is used in history classes, and her space-themed one is used by science teachers and Girl Scouts groups.
The librarian-creators link these puzzles into online resources from their collections and the whole world, turning them into jumping-off points for self-directed research and learning.
Give students the opportunity to collaborate with peers while using critical-thinking skills to solve clues and puzzles to open a variety of locks.