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About this project

Hi there! I'm a Teaching Fellow and split myself between working part-time at a UK University and part time for myself on all sorts of interesting projects.

For the last few years I've been doing a  lot of work on games for learning, and increasingly play for learning. You can see some of the things I've done, particularly the outputs of game workshops on my games blog. Play is fantastic in education at all levels, and using these ideas allow students to be creative, active learners, think critically, learn how to learn in a more independent way, and more... all in a safe learning environment.

Most recently I've applied this experience to the idea of educational escape rooms, starting out with one for a library induction at my university.

Induction escape room box
Induction escape room box

 To really make sense in education though, I don't think we can really have static rooms. We can't leave a room set up for long periods for people to use, we need to be able to set things up wherever we are for one lesson at a time! One way around this is to have a self contained box that can be taken to a classroom. It may have some extra materials within it to be placed elsewhere in the room, but is essentially self-contained.

Draft artwork for 1st escape room box
Draft artwork for 1st escape room box

The initial goal of this Kickstarter is to produce boxes of materials that can be used in this way. We will produce one escape room activity suitable for a 30-60 minute lesson at 3 levels (Undergraduate / Higher education, A Levels / Further Education, GCSE / Key Stage 4). It will address research and information skills so it is suitable for as wide a range of subject areas as possible. This activity will be available in "print & play" form, together with a list of material you'd need to provide yourselves at the £30 reward level, or available as a complete set at the £95 and above levels. You can even have a custom box made similar (but slightly smaller, mine is a bit to big to comfortably carry!) to mine for £500!

My prototype box (not reward box).
My prototype box (not reward box).

If you want me to come out and run a workshop, this can be on anything I normally cover, so as well as "escape room" stuff, can be making learning games, using Lego in learning, etc. I'll go anywhere in the world to deliver these, but travel expenses are included for the UK only, anywhere else, expenses are extra. You can get a feeling of these workshops on the associated blog.

Everyone backing the Kickstarter will be acknowledged on the website as a supporter. At the £5,000 corporate level we will also negotiate any promotional materials you'd like to include in the packs sent out for those receiving physical rewards, what you'd like on the side of every box produced, and on the side of any vehicle converted. This must be suitable for the age groups covered!

For me though, the Kickstarter gets REALLY interesting in the stretch goals... particularly at the £7,500 level! This is the level where we can make educational escape rooms properly mobile - by converting a used vehicle that I will take to educational establishments to deliver escape room learning!

Mock up of T Shirts
Mock up of T Shirts

Stretch Goals

£3,000 Second scenario / lesson unlocked for all £30 and above backers

£4,000 Upgraded box for all £95 and above backers (ie those who will receive a physical set of game materials).

£5,000 Choice of T-Shirt design between "unlock learning" and "learning through play" and upgrade to a higher quality cotton shirt..

Mock up of alternative T Shirt
Mock up of alternative T Shirt

£7,500 This is my real target! This will let me buy a second hand vehicle such as a panel van, horse box or old camper van that will be converted into an escape room experience for education. If we hit this, any rewards level that includes a visit by me in the UK will include me bringing along the converted vehicle - or if you don't want to wait, I'll come without it!

£8,500 All supporters at the £75 and above level will have their name attached permanently to a board in the vehicle, so everyone who plays the mobile escape room will see it!

More details will follow if and when we get close to stretch goals!

Risks and challenges

I'm already developing educational escape room activities and I'm confident I can finish the required activities in time. The risks and challenges will partly be around delivering physical boxes if more than expected request them. I've deliberately left a generous delivery date for all rewards to build in slack in case - in reality I expect to deliver before these dates.
The riskiest areas are within the stretch rewards, specifically if I get enough backing to afford a vehicle to convert. These will only effect the £1000+ rewards where the option will be given to wait until a vehicle is ready, or keep the original option of me going out with a "box" rather than vehicle!

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    Supporter

    Your name (if you wish) will go on my website as a supporter. You'll receive updates as the project progresses.

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    Let me in!

    What do you need to escape? A key of course! You'll get an "unlock learning" bottle opener keyring. Your name (if you wish) will go on my website as a supporter. You'll receive updates as the project progresses.

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    Patches away..

    Lets make patches cool again! You'll get an "unlock learning" fabric patch to sew on your geekiest item of clothing, proclaiming your love of educational play. Plus keyring, recognition, updates, etc...

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    Escaping with pride

    I like this stuff and want to show it! You'll get an "unlock learning" T-Shirt proclaiming your love of educational play. Plus keyring, recognition, updates, etc...

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    Print and Play Escape

    Instructions for the escape room activities emailed to you. You can adapt them and recreate them with your own materials. Plus updates, named on our website, but no "physical" rewards.

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    EARLY BIRD P&Play Plus Physical Goodies

    EARLY BIRD LIMITED OFFER. Instructions for the escape room activities emailed to you. You can adapt them and recreate them with your own materials. Plus updates, named on our website. This also includes the keyring, patch and T-shirt.

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    Print and Play Plus Physical Goodies

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    Escape Room Box

    All the materials you need to deliver one educational escape room experience... in a box. Will include the puzzles and all materials including boxes, locks, etc. Plus T-Shirt, keyring, etc.

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    Escape Room Box with you in it

    All the materials you need to deliver one educational escape room experience... in a box, but with your name of choice as a character. Will include the puzzles and all materials including boxes, locks, etc. Plus T-Shirt, keyring, etc.

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    Promote your escape room

    This is my standard "corporate" level!. If you're an escape room or an educational company, we'll include a leaflet (print or electronic) from yourselves with all rewards sent out. Proper targeted marketing :)

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    Custom made escape room box

    A custom made box with several compartments in it, similar (but slightly smaller) than the one shown for my escape room induction, plus the materials you need to deliver one educational escape room experience. Will include the puzzles and all materials including boxes, locks, etc. Plus T-Shirt, keyring, etc.

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    Workshop from me

    I'll come with an educational escape room in a box and run it so you can see how they work, talk about it with you and your colleagues (or at a conference) and generally be around for you to ask questions! Anywhere outside the UK, I'll also need to claim reasonable travel expenses to get to you...

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    Custom educational escape room

    Give me some learning objectives and information about the potential players, and I'll plan a custom educational escape room type experience in a box for you.

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    I'll help you develop your own "rooms".

    Up to 5 days of me (or 2 x 2 days if split) facilitating you, plus your colleagues or students, to develop your own educational escape rooms. I'll bring a load of gear and we'll make something together :) If outside the UK, I'll also have to claim reasonable travel expenses.

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    Buy me a van!

    This is my highly optimistic "gold corporate" level! Your name / logo will appear on the side of any vehicle bought through this Kickstarter, on the side of any boxes, and mentioned prominently elsewhere. Plus we'll negotiate a launch event if you wish. If you're an escape room company, we'll include details of your escape rooms with all rewards sent out.

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