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A Virus Infected Your Laptop. Let’s Play an Escape Game

Department of Applied Mathematics, Universidad de Salamanca, E37008 Salamanca, Spain
Department of Applied Physics, Universidad de Salamanca, E37008 Salamanca, Spain
UFV Accompaniment Institute, Universidad Francisco Vitoria, 28223 Madrid, Spain
Institute of Physical and Information Technologies (ITEFI), Spanish National Research Council, 28006 Madrid, Spain
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Mathematics 2020, 8(2), 166;
Received: 3 December 2019 / Revised: 17 January 2020 / Accepted: 19 January 2020 / Published: 29 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New trends in Mathematics Learning)
Have you ever thought what would happen if a ransomware infected your laptop? This type of virus kidnaps files and encrypts them, and the only way to recover the data is by paying in bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency. This situation is undoubtedly terrible. All of your work, projects, and personal files will not be available (unless you pay the ransom). The first time students watched a video that contextualizes this stressful situation, they thought that they had been attacked by a computer virus. Fortunately, the panic only lasted a few seconds. This is the way to start a game called breakout or escape room. The difference between these two words is that, in the first case, the goal is to open a padlocked box, while the objective of an escape room is to find the key that allows to get out of a room. Both games are similar, containing riddles, puzzles, problems and some clues that would help the players to find the solution. This study analyses the use of a breakout game for educational purposes, more specifically in a university context. The experiment conducted mixes game–based learning methodologies with engineering students learning Linear Algebra, Calculus or Cryptography, which has allowed us to obtain promising results about the usage of this methodology. View Full-Text
Keywords: breakout; escape room; game-based learning; engineering education breakout; escape room; game-based learning; engineering education
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Queiruga-Dios, A.; Santos Sánchez, M.J.; Queiruga Dios, M.; Gayoso Martínez, V.; Hernández Encinas, A. A Virus Infected Your Laptop. Let’s Play an Escape Game. Mathematics 2020, 8, 166.

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Queiruga-Dios A, Santos Sánchez MJ, Queiruga Dios M, Gayoso Martínez V, Hernández Encinas A. A Virus Infected Your Laptop. Let’s Play an Escape Game. Mathematics. 2020; 8(2):166.

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Queiruga-Dios, Araceli; Santos Sánchez, María J.; Queiruga Dios, Marián; Gayoso Martínez, Víctor; Hernández Encinas, Ascensión. 2020. "A Virus Infected Your Laptop. Let’s Play an Escape Game" Mathematics 8, no. 2: 166.

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