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Ms. Blowers from Zeeland MI is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Student-led project

Escape the Empire: An Escape Room PBL

We need locks, boxes, and decoding devices to help us turn our classroom into an escape room!

  • $164 goal

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About My Students

My students are a group of 7th and 8th graders who learn in a multi-age setting and learn primarily through PBL. In addition to covering state-mandated standards, we also focus on teaching 21st century skills, such as collaboration, communication, personal accountability, and critical thinking.

These kids crave the challenge of solving problems without a clear or singular answer, which makes PBL an ideal way for them to learn.

Throughout their time at ZQuest they have engaged with a vast array of real-world problems and used their academic learning to solve them.

Like all PBL projects, the students will exercise their collaboration and critical thinking skills. The students are required to incorporate facts from different categories, such as social hierarchy and government, from their assigned empire, along with literary devices, to create a cohesive escape room game. In addition to combining skills in both ELA and social studies, the students must also collaborate with another empires so that their two games share a cross-over element--just as the empires interacted in real life.

In Their Own Words

We want to teach people about different empires and about how they succeeded and fell. We are doing this through a PBL where we are designing an escape room. The people who will play our games will have to use their logic and teamwork to solve different puzzles related to different empires.

Since this is a big project, we have to keep our group members and ourselves on track. When people come to play our escape rooms, we also need to lead them through it. We have to teach them about the rules and tell them the story behind our room. They will need to be introduced to the empire so that they know what they will be doing, including giving instructions. We also need to help the players by giving hints that don't reveal the whole puzzle.

This project is important because we are learning about different empires but in a fun way. We are also learning about collaboration, problem-solving, and communicating. We will host a night for families and community members to come in and play our games. The funds from this night will be used for our Washington DC trip.

Ms. Blowers
Grades 6-8

This project will reach 30 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Master Lock 1535DWD Vertical Resettable Word Combo Lock, Assorted Colors (Pack of 1) • Amazon Business $7.96 2 $15.92
Puroma Key Lock Box Keys Safe Storage Security Combination Lock Box with 4-Digit Combination for Realtor Construction Seniors Family and Friends, Holds up to 6 Keys • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
American Lock Lockout Hasp, Vinyl Coated Steel Hasp, 1 in. Jaw Clearance, ALO80 • Amazon Business $6.65 2 $13.30
Set of 3 Invisible UV Blacklight Ink Marker Blue Red Yellow • Amazon Business $6.25 2 $12.50
Findway 5 UV Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Stack-On GMR-13 13-Inch Multi-Purpose Handy Storage Box with Tote Tray, Red • Amazon Business $11.77 1 $11.77
ORIA Combination lock, Gym Lock, 5 Digit Combination Padlock, Security Padlock, Safety Lock, Luggage Travel Lock for Toolbox, Closet, Gym Locker, Bicycle, Luggage, Cabinet, Outdoor • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Stalwart 75-005 Metal Storage Lock Box, 12" • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Master Lock 146D Covered Body Aluminum Padlock • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69

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