Mt. Pleasant Students Create Escape Rooms, Learn Life Lessons In The Process

Posted at 7:53 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 21:04:09-04

It's not a project you'd typically find in the back of a rural high school; a set built by students for students, and whoever else thinks they may be an escape artist. 

Students at Mt. Pleasant High School built two completely separate escape rooms this year. You may be familiar with the concept, a group has to work together to solve the clues that will help you escape.

For Mt. Pleasant students it was an opportunity to begin a project from the ground up. Armin Begtrup is the mechatronics teacher. “In the beginning of the year we used to tell people it’s 50 foot robots, but it turns out, we discovered it's much more fun than that,” Begtrup said.  

Everything from the design, the rooms, the gadgets and tools and the puzzle itself was created by the students. “You’re talking about art, agriculture, construction, mechatronics, Project Lead the Way, english, math, so many different teachers involved,” Principal Dr. Ryan Jackson said.   

This semester, nearly a thousand students from across the district found themselves inside one or both of the rooms. While the escape rooms will close at the end of the year, Friday students hope to use them for future fundraisers.