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Mr. Escobar from Tranquillity CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Escape Games: The Boredom-Crushing Classroom Tech Our Students Deserve

My students need storage bins, locks, and supplies to create escape rooms puzzles

  • $723 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I teach social science at a Title I school in California where 100 percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch. Our school is working diligently to shake off its past image and strive for student success.

Our students come from very impoverished rural communities with few outside resources.

I am trying to update the curriculum in the social science department into something that is more relatable to students needs and interests while still maintaining rigor and standards.

My students deserve much more than what they are receiving with your help we can change that and make their education something special.

My Project

My students need various storage bins and various combination padlocks to create the first layer of the puzzle box which will have social science clues that students will have to decode to reveal the answer to the lock. Ultra Violet Blacklight Flashlights and Invisible Pens will be used to secretly leave messages in plain sight for students to discover and lead to the next clue. various other miscellaneous items will also be required to put this project together as well, including blank Puzzles pieces. These puzzle boxes will utilize what students have learned in class to solve riddles and puzzles in the real world to achieve their goals. These puzzles will be themed with historical narratives presenting critical thinking challenges, problem-solving skills, and Teamwork development.

Not only does this get students up and out of their seats, it’s a chance to interact and compete with classmates, showing off their individual skills, and experience big ah-ha moments and wins.

This project will bring more interest into the social sciences which can be boring to many students as their is limited hands-on experiences within the discipline. Students are already excited about the idea.

Mr. Escobar
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Storage Bins [4-Pack] EZOWare Linen Fabric Foldable Basket Cubes Organizer Boxes Containers Drawers with Lid - Gray For Office Nursery Bedroom Shelf • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
Darice PUZ100 12-Piece Puzzle To Color Set, 51/2 by 8-Inch • Amazon Business $4.49 7 $31.43
Stalwart 75-005 Metal Storage Lock Box, 12" • Amazon Business $10.28 3 $30.84
Bosvision 2.5 inches width 4-digit Resettable Combination Padlock with 5/16" Shackle for Gate, Lodge, Locker, Luggage... • Amazon Business $12.73 2 $25.46
OrgPro 12" Tool Box. Lockable, Portable Plastic Toolbox Multiple Compartments with Handle for Basic Hand Tools- Free combination lock included! • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Findway 5 UV Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
4M KidzLabs Combination Lock Kit • Amazon Business $11.51 2 $23.02
ABUS 78/50 KC B 507 2-Inch Locker Dial Combination Padlock, Red • Amazon Business $21.28 1 $21.28
Stack-On GMR-13 13-Inch Multi-Purpose Handy Storage Box with Tote Tray, Red • Amazon Business $7.06 3 $21.18
Evidence Zipper Pouch 10 x 7in • Amazon Business $6.99 3 $20.97
Master Lock Padlock, Set Your Own Combination Lock, 1-15/16 in. Wide, Assorted Colors, 1590D • Amazon Business $6.99 3 $20.97
Blue Q Bags, Jumbo Zipper Pouch, Classified • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Master Lock Cinch Sack Lockout, Large, 17" Height, 7" Diameter • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-Dial Combination Padlock, Black • Amazon Business $9.26 2 $18.52
Master Lock Padlock, Set Your Own Speed Dial Combination Lock, 2-1/8 in. Wide, Assorted Colors, 1500iD • Amazon Business $7.98 2 $15.96
Master Lock Padlock, Set Your Own Word Combination Lock, 1-1/2 in. Wide, Assorted Colors, 1535DWD • Amazon Business $7.96 2 $15.92
D-FantiX Cyclone Boys 2x2 3x3 4x4 Speed Cube Set, Stickerless Magic Cube Puzzles Toy Bundle Pack of 3 • Amazon Business $15.50 1 $15.50
Bits and Pieces - Wooden Bamboo Puzzle Box - Brainteaser - Great Puzzling Gift • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
FortLocks Padlock Set - 4 Digit Combination Lock for Gym Outdoor & School Locker, Fence, Case & Shed – Heavy Duty Resettable Set Your Own Combo – Waterproof (Orange, 2 Pack) • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Puzzle Pod Junior - Gift Card Puzzle Box, Cash and Gift Card Holder, Brain Teaser Money Puzzle • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Zip Ties, 500 Pcs Adjustable Durable Self locking Black Nylon Zip Cable Ties for Home Office Garage Workshop Heavy Duty • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Padlock - 4 Digit Combination Lock for Gym, Sports, School & Employee Locker, Outdoor, Fence, Hasp and Storage - All Weather Metal & Steel - Easy to Set Your Own Keyless Resettable Combo - Green • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Book Safe with Combination Lock - Jssmst Home Dictionary Diversion Metal Safe Lock Box 2017, SM-BS0401S, black small • Amazon Business $11.92 1 $11.92
Child Magnetic Cupboard Locks - Edealing Baby Safety Lock Set for Cabinets and Drawers - No Drilling & Screws - Extra Template for Easy Installation - BONUS English Manual (6 Locks + 2 Keys) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Blue Q Bags, Jumbo Zipper Pouch, Typewriter • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Yuauy 3 pcs 8 Dial Push Button Combination Password Code Lock Padlock Locking Mechanism, Chrome Plated Sturdy Security for blindman Suitcase Luggage Travel Baggage Backpack School & Employee Locker • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Invisible Pens Come in 3 INK COLORS! - Kids Party Toy Markers - Disappearing Ink Pens with UV Dark Light on Keychain - Awesome Stuff for Secret Message Writing - A Magic Secret Agent Spy Pen! • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Y&Y Star Kongming Three side open Magic Wooden Box with Extra Secure Secret Drawer, Brown • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
3 Small Metal Padlocks Mini Brass Tiny Box Locks Keyed Jewelry 2 Keys 20mm by ATB • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89

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