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Ms. Lancaster from Bakersfield CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

How Will You Escape the Lab?

My students need the materials for an escape room to replace the traditional multiple choice chemistry final, which includes various locks, black light and pen, and boxes with a key to open.

  • $237 goal

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My Students

My students are bold and excited to be in my class. The culture among students and staff as well at our school is inspiring, students willingly engage with one another and are particularly accepting of the special education community on campus.

This year, former students decided to decorate the whole science departments’ stools with our last names, which will be used to greet our students outside every day.

That alone shows the rich academic and social culture among the Wolfpack. It was a nice gesture and now we all have a piece of student work in our classroom.

My Project

I really enjoy the idea of an escape room to enhance student engagement, team work, and critical thinking. The various locks, lock boxes, and black light and pen will help me design an interactive final, where students must solve chemistry problems and riddles to "escape" the classroom and leave for the summer.

Students will be asked to solve problems which aid them in opening locks, deciphering codes, opening hidden boxes, and more; student engagement and curiosity will be at its peak.

Students who are engaged in the activity and feel immediate reward for their learning will be more encouraged to participate and contribute to the class. This activity will contribute to a better classroom culture and a memorable experience for the students.

Ms. Lancaster
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
SentrySafe Cash Box, Locking Cash Box With Money Tray, Medium, CB-12 • Amazon Business $18.61 2 $37.22
Currency Catcher Counterfeit Bill Detector Pens Chisel Tip 12 Pack with UV LED Blacklight - Easily Detect Fake Money • Amazon Business $17.99 2 $35.98
Morton Salt Diversion Safe - Large 26 oz Hidden Compartment • Amazon Business $16.46 1 $16.46
Master Lock Padlock, Set Your Own Speed Dial Combination Lock, 2-1/8 in. Wide, Assorted Colors, 1500iD • Amazon Business $7.65 2 $15.30
WD-40 Safe Can Diversion Stash Container • Amazon Business $14.35 1 $14.35
Master Lock Padlock, Set Your Own WORD Combination Lock, 2-1/2 in. Wide, Assorted Colors, 1534D • Amazon Business $6.70 2 $13.40
American Lock Lockout Hasp, Vinyl Coated Steel Hasp, 1 in. Jaw Clearance, ALO80 • Amazon Business $5.85 2 $11.70
Puroma 2 Pack Combination Lock 4 Digit Padlock for School Gym Locker, Sports Locker, Fence, Toolbox, Case, Hasp Storage(Black) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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