I hope this kind of question is welcome here.
A festival of science will take place in a few months in my university, and I would like to set up a simple but exciting escape room for people to discover scientific notions in a fun way.
Ideas on puzzles?
The main theme would be the light; do you know manual puzzles which are simple to setup and would fit (loosely) in this subject? Ideally the puzzles should be solved using some basic knowledge about the physics of light.
The puzzles should be safe for children, repeatable many times, understandable by the general public (after scientific explanation if necessary). Note that I have some budget to build some sort of large cubicle, or even decorate a whole room.
Some well-known tools for puzzles related to light:
- UV flashlight to reveal hidden messages
- (safe) laser pointers
- objects' shadows
Ideas on the scenario?
EDIT: let me add that I am also very bad at finding a scenario that would:
- make sense of the need for the group to escape
- make sense of the limited time
- make sense of the puzzles sitting around, waiting for a solution
... so any ideas on crafting a scenario around the puzzles would be great.
What size should the escape room take? I am worried about a room too small for having sufficient space for the people and the puzzles.
What time should it take and for how many people? Ten minutes would be the maximum time in order to allow many groups to try the escape room. But is this enough to solve puzzles?
Do you have experience in this kind of event? I welcome any general suggestions (organization, budget, technical problems).