Unlocking ideas: Using escape room puzzles in a cryptography classroom

Anne M. Ho
  • PRIMUS, June 2018, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2018.1453568

Escape room activity in undergraduate math class

What is it about?

Escape rooms are an increasingly popular puzzle game, and educators have started implementing them in classrooms. This paper provides a concrete example of how escape-room-like ideas were used in an undergraduate cryptography course, and it discusses generalizations of the activity to other classes.

Why is it important?

Student engagement can be an issue in math courses. One strategy to solve this problem is to modify fun social activities (like escape rooms) into classroom tools. In addition, this article describes how the open-source math software system, SageMath, is used to help instructors prepare their own classroom escape-room puzzles.

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