Stop the Bomb

Here are the resources for my second escape room that I made for my National 5 Physics class after their revision topic. All of it can be adjusted to differentiate, I just don’t have the time just now.

Sorry to those at the SSERC/ IoP Summer School who got anything wrong because I’d made a mistake, as you saw, it is a bit of a logistical nightmare.

First I’ll try to list what I bought, but you can do it your own way, and for a cheap version each group could bring you the answer to one task and that collects the next.

EquipmentLink to a supplier
Acrylic Box to hold the bomb. I can't recommend this company as they sent the wrong keys and didn't respond to my message.Lockable Acrylic Box
999 day countdown timer. These are great for busy technicians and you so that you can set them well in advance999 day countdown timer
Hasks for 6 padlocks6 hole hasp
Small cash boxesSmall lockable cash box
Chain: our wonderful techy technician cut and welded them to fit the boxFaithfull-2-5m-Zinc-Plated-Chain
Digital padlocks- there are so many you can get but I liked the flexibility of these with good colour choice5 Pieces 4 Digit Combination Locks Combo Locks Long Number Locks OutdoorWaterproof 2.4 Inch Shackle Resettable Padlock for School, Locker, Toolbox, F5 x 4 number combination lock
Oh my look at the price of OHT!Transparency film

The dots are so important, then you can identify which set of locks you’re on!

Task Sheet- some work needs to be done here!

Now the task sheets, edit away and make them yours. Please feed back all my mistakes, I’ve sorted task 3, where for some reason the number in the answers (and hence the lock) didn’t match the activity value in the question- whoops!

User ManualInstructions A5
Instructions 1xA4 8 to a page
Task 1: GridGrid
Task 2: ReceiptShop receipt
Task 3: Questionsquestions radiation v3
questions radiation v3
Task 4: Half LifeHalf Life
Task 4: Half Life graphshalf life graphs
Task 5: Guess WhatGuess who cards
Task 6: DiagramChain reaction v2

Chain reaction advanced

Some info you need

How to unlock the first lock!

Your Physics Lifejacket
May 2022

Building an Escape Room

This is the end of a long process to make an Escape Room for Revision in my Classes. It is my first one so you can tell that it will be full of flaws, but I think there is something here that you can adapt and make it your own with very little need to adjust much. I’ll try to put the editable files in another post. In this post you can play along and try to solve the case. Do let me know how you get on.

Well in 2017 in Debrecan Hungary, at the Science on Stage Conference for Science Teachers I first encountered ESCAPE ROOMS in the classroom. Since then I’ve wanted to make one and went about it totally the wrong way, buying boxes and locks without any idea of what I would do.

I was fortunate enough to go to Cascais Portugal for the 2019 Science on Stage Conference and went to an Escape Room workshop, so that was it. I’ve now got to prove it can be done. I think however I might have gone over the top. It has taken me hundreds of hours of thinking and doing and I daren’t add up what I’ve spent, although most things wont be used, so my warning if you get hooked, plan and execute in draft and then pay!

I’ve moved the clues to another post on Escape Rooms and here I’ll discuss what I did and all the things I did wrong!…..