The Escape Room

In this fun and challenging activity teams are locked in a room (in theory!). The doors are chained shut and there are just 60 minutes to escape! Can teams work together under time pressure to crack the code and unlock the doors?!

Learning Objectives

  • to test how well teams perform when working under pressure
  • to test teams’ understanding of a complex task
  • to practise organisational and time-management skills
  • to highlight the value of teams interacting and sharing data with other teams (in cooperation, not rivalry)
  • to test teams’ approach to problem-solving (lateral thinking).
  • 10 team version also available here
  • Participants

    12-24 (in 4 teams of 3-6 per team)

  • Timing

    1 hour

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

To taste freedom teams must discover the vital lock combination that releases the door.

The lock combination is made up of a number of digits. Each team must find ONE of those digits so that when used together in the right order they unlock the chains.

Teams find the crucial digits by solving 8 problems. BUT- they are not all straightforward - it’s very easy to go wrong if you are not organized and paying full attention to every aspect.

To ensure they solve the problems correctly teams need to work with each other rather than competing. Wrong answers incur time penalties. Two such penalties, for example, reduces the time available from the original 60 minutes to just 50 minutes. It’s a race against time - but more haste often means less speed!

A correct solution to a problem earns teams a letter of the alphabet (although only the FIRST team with the right answer gets the letter). There are eight letters available which, when put in order together with other letters teams possess at the start, spell out who locked them in the room. Teams need to know this before they can escape.

So the teams’ objectives are: find the combination, discover who locked them in and build a tower that meets certain criteria.

Trainer's Role

  • Divide the group into four teams of 3-6 participants and set the scene, explaining that the doors to the room are 'locked and chained' (posters showing locked doors are provided to stick on the doors).
  • Issue the Team Briefs and team resources and announce they have 60 minutes to escape.
  • Observe but do not get involved - except to stand by to receive teams’ answers to the problems.
  • If the solution is correct, issue that team with a letter of the alphabet. If incorrect issue a 5 minute penalty to the whole group.
  • At the deadline ask each team to announce their ‘digit’ that together make up the combination. Ask “Who locked you in?” and measure team towers.
  • If ALL the criteria are met, within the deadline, then teams have achieved their objective and you can release the chains on the doors! They are FREE!
  • Lead a debrief on the key lessons that were thrown into relief. Lots of issues to address, all covered in the Trainer’s Notes (along with a step-by-step guide).

It’s very straightforward to run a session.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • ‘Locks & Chains’ Door Posters
  • Team Briefs
  • Trainer’s Checklists
  • Tape Measure
  • A4 Card
  • Resources: Artstraws, Fibre Pens, Paper, Sticky Tape & Rulers

They did ‘Belbin’ before lunch so The Escape Room enabled them to use their team roles. It reinforced the need to plan and read everything. They understood the link to real life where people don’t talk to each other and work in silos. All in all, a great exercise - it was the highlight of the course.

Neil Porter, BAPCO

I used The Escape Room and loved it! It worked really well and the learnings the team took were amazing. The biggest lessons were: to read the whole Brief carefully before getting down to work; to make the most of the time available and to maximise opportunities to meet other teams. The activity highlighted the benefits of working as a whole group – you need everyone. I will be running this again!

Training Manager, International retail company

We used The Escape Room in a recent team meeting and the results were astounding, everyone took something away from it and the amount of interaction and learning was great!

Trainer, Training Provider

We’ve already facilitated a handful of sessions in Cmed with the aim to promote one of our guiding principles: working as one big team. Each session was a success, the Escape Room activity allowing us to promote the ‘one team’ message within our organization in an effective and fun way. It’s great to see how teams progress from competing to collaborating as the activity unfolds. The participants (and trainer) leave the room energised and ready to take on the world. Great outcomes! Thanks for this inspiring activity. I recommend it without hesitation.

Raluca Lupou, Cmed Ltd

I bought your Escape Room game and it is brilliant! It’s pretty straight forward and everything participants need is in their brief. Did they read the brief properly? Of course not!! They did have fun and they did learn valuable lessons. Many thanks and I will certainly be back to buy more games from you in the future.

M Hotten, Geberit Sales Ltd

The activity is brilliant, typically it takes 20-30 minutes for the teams to realise they have to work together and then seeing how fast they can then pull things together is fantastic to see, it really energised the room and set up a great day.

R Chilcott, Claims Consortium Group

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