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“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?

Wilkinson, Clare; Little, Hannah

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Clare Wilkinson Clare.Wilkinson@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Science Communication

Hannah Little Hannah.Little@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Science Communication



Abstract

‘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.

Citation

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

Journal Article Type Commentary
Acceptance Date Nov 30, 2020
Online Publication Date Feb 1, 2021
Publication Date Feb 1, 2021
Deposit Date Feb 5, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 5, 2021
Journal Journal of Science Communication
Electronic ISSN 1824-2049
Publisher Sissa Medialab
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 1
Article Number C07
Pages 1-7
DOI https://doi.org/10.22323/2.20010307
Keywords Informal learning, Popularization of science and technology, Public engagement with science and technology
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7068311
Publisher URL https://jcom.sissa.it/archive/20/01/JCOM_2001_2021_C01/JCOM_2001_2021_C07

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