I made my 6th graders a second breakout challenge, after they kept clamoring for one. It was slightly too long for the 45 minutes they had, and did require some collaboration between groups. I had two groups out of 8 finish, both a few minutes outside the allotted time. A number of other groups were close behind. The students said afterward that they had fun and that it wasn’t too difficult, but I would either use more time or slightly easier puzzles next time.
Students given Black Ammo Box, Clue Sheet, and lockpicks
Black Ammo Box with lockout hasp, 3 locks
Lock 1- pickable clear padlock
Lock 2 – directional lock, clue #2, combo is Up – Left – Up – Right
Lock 3 – clue #1 Hex decodes to “How you get wifi + the ultimate answer” combo=WAP42
Inside box – Final Challenge sheet (taped in place to avoid box tampering)
Has website and quiz with clues to key (Key is “TURING”)
Website – “The clue is below:”
Clue is white text on white background, encrypted with Vigenere, key is given by quiz
Clue: PBFEN YVUCT RJMBV NNZAY IWSOG ZFZZG MCFVG KVBEW YUZSK MYRMB FU
Clue decodes to: “Who was called the Father of Information Technology Tell Thom”
(Answer is Claude Shannon)
Recognize hexadecimal numbers and decode to ASCII
Search hidden text on a website
Decrypt Vigenere cipher
Remember important CS concepts
Find an IP address
48 6f 77 20 79 6f 75 20 67 65 74 20 77
69 66 69 20 2b 20 74 68 65 20 75 6c 74
69 6d 61 74 65 20 61 6e 73 77 65 72
Frogger! The Frogger Musical
Directional lock directions:
push hasp in twice to clear BEFORE putting in combination
Combination is four movements
The final challenge is at https://sites.google.com/cliffvalley.org/finalpuzzle/home
You’ll need a key, though. Use the clues below to find it.
Which of the following is an input device?
Hard Drive E
What part of a computer processes information?
What are the first three digits of your computer’s IP address?
Which type of memory is the fastest?
Hard Drive D
Flash Drive S
What is measured in GHz?
CPU speed N
Amount of memory C
IP Address D
Hard Drive F
What decimal number is represented in binary as 10011?