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Mrs. Holzweiss from Bay Shore NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Let Us Out of Here!: Gamifying Our Library

We need 3 Breakout EDU kits so we can create "escape room" and "survival" games, and VersaTiles answer cases to make our own puzzles. We want to make learning fun!

  • $744 goal

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About My Students

I enjoy introducing students to new technologies and cool ideas. Daniel, Adrian, and Damy love learning about video games, comics, and coding. They enjoy our Imagination Foundation after school club where they can learn and share with their friends.

My students were talking about QR codes one day and how they can be scanned to bring users to different websites. They thought it would be fun to have a scavenger hunt in our school. The problem is that all of the participants would need access to tablets that could scan codes. I told them about a new trend in classroom gaming called Breakout Edu where participants had to solve puzzles to win the game. My students decided they wanted to try to create some "escape room" games on their own. I also showed them VersaTiles puzzles, and they thought it could be interesting to combine these tools together.

Puzzles are great for learning because they encourage students to develop problem-solving skills. Students must be able to think logically, sequencing, and methodically in order to solve puzzles successfully. Students can also learn how to collaborate and contribute positively for the benefit of a team.

In Their Own Words

We are going to bring games into our library through puzzles. These real-live games will make learning fun because kids will have to answer questions about things they are learning in school. It will be very creative for us to create the puzzles on our own.

We are going to start with making puzzles just for the library. Then we will make puzzles for other teachers that they can play if they want to. We have a club after school so we can invite new kids to join us and play our games and solve our puzzles.

This project is important to us because we can be the puzzle creators, not just the solvers. Lots of mystery books and movies have problems to solve also. We can show kids that learning through puzzles can be fun also. Other kids might be interested in joining our club.

Mrs. Holzweiss
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BREAKOUT EDU BETA KIT • Breakout EDU $99.00 3 $297.00
VersaTiles Answer Case • Hand2Mind $109.95 2 $219.90

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