Escape room physics

1 March 2019

Last month, Brixham College hosted a safe cracking challenge for 64 students from four secondary schools in the South Devon & Torbay Ogden Partnership.

Devonport High School for Girls, Ivybridge Community College and Kingsbridge Community College joined Brixham College students to solve puzzles, quizzes and challenges that revealed the secret location and code for a safe hidden somewhere within the school.

When students arrived, they had to use their GCSE knowledge to solve six physics calculations, the answers to this were used later in a code cypher to reveal the location of the safe. Six practical activities linked to the GCSE physics required practical were then completed by the students, each activity revealed a digit in the code.

The first placed team found and opened the safe in just 70 minutes! The team in second place finished just three minutes later and forth was just one minute after that. Each team of five had students from two different schools working together and lots of new friendships were made.

By the end of the event all teams had completed the challenge, chocolate prizes had been awarded and hotdogs and mini-rolls had been consumed. All of the students had a great time and went away with some new physics practical skills that will help them to be successful in their GCSE exams.

The South Devon & Torbay Partnership is now looking forward to the next partnership event which will take place at Ivybridge Community college in March and has a pyrotechnic theme!

The South Devon & Torbay Partnership is really collaborative; each school in the group leads one event each year which pupils from the other schools are then invited to attend. Each school in the partnership also develops its own in-house project designed to increase engagement in physics within the school – ideas and best practice are shared within the group.

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