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A class on situation awareness (SA), taught at an aeronautical university, has been a favorite graduate course for the past 7 years. One requirement for the course is to conduct a non-aviation related SA class project. The most recent class assessed how collaborative efforts compared to individual efforts affect SA at an escape room. The team of five participants instructed to solve puzzles individually showed significantly better SA than the team of five participants instructed to solve the puzzles collaboratively. The collaborative group spent more time conversing with each other about solving the puzzles than those instructed to work individually. Students commented that the experience helped them understand not only how to design a SA research project, but to have a better understanding of SA. As with previous classes, these research projects developed by the students continue to be engaging and an effective pedagogical approach to students understanding of SA.