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WRI Escape Room: Stop the press!

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In newsrooms across Australia, scientific misinformation is on the rise! You, our Science Myth Busters, have been tasked with scrutinising headlines, separating fact from fiction, and piecing together clues from Waite researchers to uncover true scientific findings. The deadline is approaching. With only 30 minutes until the news goes live, will you be able to correct the mistakes before time runs out?

In our online escape room you will be asked to do a deep dive through scientific publications from Waite Research Institute researchers and try to get the answers as quick as possible - a leader board will show your time and prizes are available for the fastest participant.

The online event will support students in understanding scientific rigour and media coverage of new science, as well as evoke an interest in agricultural research and how it touches on sustainability, development of food and fibre and the natural environment. Students can participate individually or as a group of up to 3 people.

Year 7-10 students can register as an individuals or teams of up to three students. Student registration will need to be completed via the school. Schools will need to provide their list of registrants to the Institute via email by 31 July. Schools will then receive their access details via email.

The escape room will be accessible between 12:30  – 2:30 pm AEST (12:00 – 2:00 pm ACST) on Monday 14 August. Students will require computer access for one hour during this period.

A scoreboard will be accessible during the event, allowing participants to keep track of their school’s standing. After completing the escape room, the participant will be redirected to the scoreboard.


  • School: Double Helix subscription ($72 for 12 months)
  • Student (individual/team): Zero Latency VR voucher (1 x $30 voucher per participant)