Sandy middle school teacher creates Potter-themed escape room for students
(KUTV) — A Utah middle school teacher is bringing to life history, science, and music in a whole new way.
Sixth-grade teacher Richard Mellor at Eastmont Middle School in Sandy took a typical storage closet and turned it into an amazing and detailed Harry Potter escape room that looks like something right out of a Universal Studios theme park.
Students must solve 40 puzzles, which eventually lead to a hidden key that unlocks the door.
“Solving this puzzle then allows them to find the correct key which opens this puzzle,” said Mellor, as he talked about how it all works.
“And when they look at the measure there are four notes and those four notes are the answer to open another lock,” said Mellor, showing off a music theory-inspired puzzle.
Mellor says it’s all about bringing to life skills that are taught in the classroom.
“They come in with an education and they have to use that education to be even able to get out,” Mellor said. “There are a lot of complicated puzzles they have to solve and they get to work together as a team and build great memories. The puzzles range in topics from mathematics, science, history, musical and some art puzzles.”
But the project wasn’t easy. Mellor says he started Christmas break of last year and worked 14-hour days putting in hardwood floors, redesigning the walls and painting the ceiling.
He says he’s spent more than 300 hours to get it done. He got a grant from the Chevron Fuel Your School program that helped pay for it.
It opened to students two weeks ago and he’s hoping to open it up to the community in the next week or two.
So far, it looks like students just can’t get enough to it.
“You get an immediate outcome from all these puzzles and math things that you are solving,” said Anika Boyer. “It’s amazing!”
More information about Mellor's Potter-themed escape room can be found on the Canyon School District web site.