A chemistry-themed escape room

Start date

01 June 2021

End date

31 October 2021


Game-based learning has been argued to be an incredibly effective method of teaching. This is because it inherently contains components that aid learning, such as social interactions, putting theory into context and immediate feedback (Oblinger, 2004). The data here often shows that enjoyment and learning go hand in hand.

For this project, we are developing an escape room within the undergraduate chemistry laboratory for the use of foundation year and first year students.

Aims and objectives

Here we hope to improve the basic laboratory skills of our new chemistry cohort, develop better relationships between students and staff members, and provide a fun outlet for our students, related to their work. It is our hope that success with this project will lead to other departments at the University developing their own escape rooms, using ours as a guideline.

Funding amount




Associated research groups and centres

Engineering and Physical Sciences Education Network

Research themes

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