NDSU escape room project to teach about antibiotic resistance

NDSU escape room project to teach about antibiotic resistance


The campus community and the public can soon join in an interactive learning experience that focuses on the antibiotic resistance problem worldwide.

An escape room titled “ESKAPE the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis,” is scheduled for March 11-April 8 in Van Es Hall, room 136. During the activity, participants will be in a real laboratory setting, with the aim to escape quarantine.

Time slots are set for every other hour from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 29, have slots available every other hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NDSU junior Emily Holzer is the driving force behind the escape room, which is an honors capstone project designed to teach the public about this serious problem. Holzer is a microbiology major in the pre-veterinary medicine program.

“I am learning how to apply knowledge in a creative format with the intention of sharing the information with the community,” Holzer said. “When the room is up and running, I will vastly improve on how to effectively educate participants who have had different backgrounds and experiences than me. This skill will assist me as a future veterinarian, as I will need to be able to explain scientific information to a diverse clientele.”

The aim is for the public to have a fun learning experience.

“We hope our participants will gain a better understanding of the antibiotic resistance crisis,” said faculty adviser Danielle Condry, assistant professor of practice in the Department of Microbiological Sciences. “Emily designed and built the puzzles for the escape room, and developed a research study to see how effective the room is. She’s gaining fundamental skills for success in any career – organizational and communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving through the design process.”

The recommended group size for the escape room is four to eight people. The cost is $15 per person, or $10 if the attendee participates in both pre- and post-experience surveys.

The event is sponsored by the NDSU Biotechnology and Microbiology Club.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Holzer at emily.holzer@ndsu.edu.

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