At a Glance


  • STEM
  • Health science

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP


  • Intro to Nursing
  • Ethics

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Group
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Solving problems
  • Presenting

Technical Details

Class size

  • Small (20-49)
  • Medium (50-99)


  • Single class period (< 90 mins)

Instructional Purpose

  • Application & knowledge building


In this activity-based seminar, teams of students race to complete a series of ethics challenges relating to academics and nursing.

By solving riddles, following clues, completing puzzles and discussing case studies students are encouraged to engage with the material and one another. Students are divided into teams and sent of one of two circuits through five stations, an instructor at each station checks the students work before providing the clue to the next station. The first team to complete all stations wins.

Instructional Objectives

  • To review the concepts covered in class
  • To apply those concepts to real life scenarios

Workflow & Materials


Activity Workflow

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Contributor's Notes

  • The activity is fun and non-threatening
  • It encourages student involvement
  • It uses healthy competition to present what is sometimes dry subject matter in an engaging way
  • Team cohesion problems
  • Students running or getting carried away
  • Clues if misunderstood can send teams far afield
  • Warn security in your facility that an exercise is taking place
  • Remind the students to be respectful and quiet outside of the classroom
  • Monitor the teams during the activities and encourage full team participation
  • Use more than one variant of the challenges to discourage answer sharing


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