‘Escape rooms’ are a recent cultural phenomena, whereby a group of ‘players’, often friends or colleagues, are ‘locked’ in a room and must solve a series of clues, puzzles, or mysteries in order to ‘escape’. Escape rooms are increasingly appearing in a range of settings, including science centres and museums, libraries and university programmes, but what role can an escape room play in science communication? In this commentary, we explore the emerging literature on escape rooms as well as thoughts from a small number of escape room creators in the U.S. and U.K.
Wilkinson, C., & Little, H. (2021). “We had to be very clear that they weren't going to try to break into any of the cases”: What potential do ‘escape rooms’ offer as a science communication technique?. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 20(1), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.22323/2.20010307