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Ms. Collins from Mansfield MA is requesting supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Challenging Students With BreakoutEDU Games!

We need a variety of padlocks, locking boxes, hasps, UV flashlights, invisible markers, and treats to take part in BreakoutEDU group activities to hone critical thinking skills, problem solving, and master course material.

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About My Students

In this project, you will hear from one of my superstars, Ryan. Ryan is a very creative, helpful, and dedicated student who likes to challenge himself with STEM activities in his free time. He is working with me this semester as a teaching assistant and has come up with some fun initiatives and projects to implement this school year. He was excited to propose (and hopefully bring to life) this exciting challenge for my students!

My classroom is not defined by the four walls that surround us. Our learning goes well beyond those walls. We are inventors, researchers, creators, collaborators, philanthropists, technophiles, and scholars. My students are always reaching for more ways to learn. My business and technology classes have students from various grade levels, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, and academic capabilities. These students come together in such an amazing way to create real results. They support each other unconditionally and really have a desire to change the world around them.

BreakoutEDU has taken classrooms by storm! Small groups of students are presented with a box locked with a hasp and multiple padlocks. Through a series of puzzles, riddles, and challenges, students discover the codes to unlock each padlock and access the final clue and treats inside the box. BreakoutEDU games teach teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting skills. Students must demonstrate understanding of course material to solve the clues that unlock the various locks. They become immersed in the activity and must work together to achieve their goal of opening the box.

In Their Own Words

I came up with the idea of this project because I loved participating in escape rooms. This project will bring the idea of an escape room to the classroom. I want to help my teacher set up breakout boxes that will have students solve problems, be creative, and work together to solve riddles that will help them "escape."

This project is important to me because I want to bring the aspect of creativity, teamwork and problem-solving to the classroom. I have done two different escape the rooms already. I wanted to find a way to simulate that experience in the classroom. The escape the room is a way to think outside the box while solving various puzzles in different ways.

I will be a leader in this project by creating a story to the breakout activity. I will work with my teacher to create the lock combinations and the tasks that students will solve to open them! When we actually put the project into place, I will monitor the other students and help by giving them clues when they are stuck on a hint.

Ms. Collins
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Vaultz Locking Utility Box with Combination Lock, Black on Black (VZ00192) • Amazon Business $12.99 10 $129.90
Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-Dial Combination Padlock, Black • Amazon Business $9.99 10 $99.90
MTM Survivor Dry Box with O-Ring Seal (Orange, Large) • Amazon Business $8.69 10 $86.90
Master Lock 1500iD Speed Dial Combination Lock, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.98 10 $79.80
Master Lock 140DLF Keyed Different Padlock with 1-9/16-inch Wide Body and 1-1/2-inch Shackle, Solid Brass • Amazon Business $7.80 10 $78.00
Medaa Padlock set-Your-Own Combination Lock- 4 Digit Combination Lock - Waterproof -Set of 2- Silver • Amazon Business $11.99 5 $59.95
LE Ultra Violet LED Flashlight/Blacklight, UV LED Flashlight, 9 LED 395nm, Pet Urine & Stain Detector, 3 AAA Batteries Included, Find Stains on Clothes, Carpet or Rugs • Amazon Business $5.50 10 $55.00
Master Lock Aluminum Lockout Hasp with Plastic-Coated Handle, 1-1/2" Inside Jaw Diameter • Amazon Business $5.22 10 $52.20
Master Lock 646T Set-Your-Own Combination Luggage Lock, 11/16-inch, 2-Pack • Amazon Business $7.59 5 $37.95
Starburst Bulk Candy Wholesale - 5 Pounds • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
DYMO Standard D1 Labeling Tape for LabelManager Label Makers, Black print on White tape, 1/2'' W x 23' L, 1 cartridge (45013) • Amazon Business $8.28 3 $24.84
Dazzling Toys Invisible Ink Pen Built in UV Light Pack of 12 Magic Marker Spy Pen • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
LEMONHEADS 5lb • Amazon Business $18.58 1 $18.58
Tootsie Roll Midgees Candy 5 Pound Value Bag 760 Pieces • Amazon Business $17.30 1 $17.30
Spangler Dum-Dum-Pops - 360 pcs • Amazon Business $16.59 1 $16.59
5 Lb. Bulk Bag Atomic Fireballs Candy • Amazon Business $15.41 1 $15.41
Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy, Original( 0.21-Ounce, 240-Count, individually wrapped) • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
AmazonBasics AAA Performance Alkaline Batteries (20-Pack) - Packaging May Vary • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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