By Leah Tidwell, Assistant Editor
East Hickman High School’s basketball teams practiced and worked hard to win games. One thought lingered: how do we get the student body more involved on home game nights? The answer: The Eagle Experience!
The Eagle Experience provided venues to have the students gather together and take part in activities after school before the home basketball games. These special events let students team up to work through challenging puzzles and answer perplexing trivia questions. The Eagle Experience took place during two different Fridays which had two types of activities set up for the students to play.
The Escape Game
The Escape Game was set up with many types of puzzles that led to players finding a way out of the room. Students teamed up and tried to fulfill the challenge. Player Olivia Plunkett gave some feedback on her team’s outcome. “My friends and I thought it would be fun to try it out..we all contrasted against each other…we didn’t even escape the room.” The Escape Room gave her and many others an idea on how to work as a team. “You definitely can’t work on your own,” Plunkett says, “Although, I would want to do it again!” Even though it was created as a fun game, the players still learned to work together and use their minds. Other teams tackled and made their way out of the The Escape Room by relying on each other’s strengths and knowledge base to answer the clues.
A following Friday, Trivia Night was put into place. Students were to band together and make teams for an activity to test their knowledge. A fellow student, Paige King, was a part of the event and told of her accounts. “The activity sounded fun and interesting. I immediately started looking for people for my team.” King, sadly, had troubles with forming a team. “Everyone would cancel on me, but eventually, I ended up with a team at the very last minute.” She mentions some positive things about the event. King states, “It was pretty fun even though we (probably) got in last place!” With the wide array of trivia knowledge, this activity tied in with the Escape Game; in both experiences, players needed to work as a team and use their minds to their advantage.
The Eagle Experience helped students become interactive with the school before basketball games. In addition to the fun, these events and games let students practice some important skills, such as working together as a group and time management.