Jun 25 2019

ISTE 2019: Cisco Simulator Sends Teachers to Mars for Hands-On Learning

The Mars Classroom Simulator Challenge, presented by Cisco at the ISTE 2019 conference, is an escape room that requires participants to work together to solve a problem in a fictional scenario on the planet Mars. The idea is to give teachers a chance to engage in the same collaborative, hands-on learning experiences they want students to have. The simulator also facilitates the development of problem-solving skills, which Cisco leaders say are a critical component of a 21st-century skill set. 


    • Renee Patton, Global Director for Education, Cisco

Video Highlights

  • Cisco Wi-Fi 6 and Meraki networking equipment, collaboration platforms and other technologies make up the Mars Classroom Simulation Challenge.
  • Cisco designed the escape room experience to give teachers firsthand knowledge of the types of active-learning and collaboration activities that can engage students.
  • With the World Economic Forum pointing to problem-solving as a critical skill set for the modern era, educators and technology companies alike want to help students develop related proficiencies.

Check out more of our coverage from ISTE 2019.