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Research project

Code: Goshawk

Project overview

This project aims to produce escape-room type educational games for young people (15-30 years old) to be disseminated by the RSPB.
The natural world is becoming ever more fragile and ever more affected by humans. It is essential we engage people with nature both cognitively and emotionally to try and bring about behavioural changes. Young people in particular are least connected to nature. An effective way to engage this population with science content is the use of games. Escape room games in particular are an effective engagement tool: they have a low entry threshold, they are a well-known genre in popular culture, they encourage group work and they require both hands-on and minds-on work. The project produced escape room games for 15-30 year-olds in three different sites with the aim of raising participants connection with nature.
Games were co-designed in a series of workshops by education experts from the UoS, educational staff at the RSPB sites, young people who represent the target audience and natural scientists from the UoS.


Lead researcher

Dr Ran Peleg


Research interests

  • Game based learning 
  • Chemistry education
  • Innovation in teaching and learning
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Other researchers

Professor Marcus Grace BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCE, CSciTeach, FRSB

Professor of Science Education

Research interests

  • The science and values underpinning education for biodiversity, sustainable development and citizenship
  • Adolescent decision-making, and teaching and learning about socio-scientific issues
  • Outdoor science education
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs