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Mrs. Vecchio from Redlands CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mission Escape: An Educational Puzzle Room Experience

My students need to use the supplies, puzzles, and technology to solve a series of mathematical puzzles to 'escape' our classroom.

  • $1,000 goal

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My Students

My classroom is always busy. I believe in the power of real life connections to what we are learning about. In my class, we have a lot of academic conversations, we do a lot of project-based learning, and we have a lot of fun while we soar to new heights of knowledge.

You would not know it by looking at our beautiful city, but my students have to go without many things that other students in the same city get to have.

Many of my students live in poverty, and many of them do not speak English as their first language. Although they have these setbacks, my students are passionate learners. They enjoy coming to school and learning. They do not need much to keep them excited about learning. They appreciate knowledge and they are excited to discuss and learn new things.

My Project

This project is inspired by the popular escape room concept. In this activity, a group of 12 students will enter a futuristic space themed room. They will use teamwork, problem solving skills, math, and communication to solve a series of interconnected puzzles, story problems, and clues in order to complete the overall puzzle within 30 minutes. A certificated teacher will supervise, guide, and give clues in order to help find the solutions to the puzzles. Afterwards, students will discuss their experience and vocalize what they learned in regards to mathematics, teamwork, and communication skills. The supplies I’m requesting for this project will be used as decorations for the space theme and story, and to create the puzzles themselves. For example, the solutions to the math puzzles will be the codes to open the various locks that will be connected to the case. The stars, projectors, and lights will transform a regular classroom into outer space. The tunnels will form the physical part of the challenge to get through the room.

This project will give students a realistic experience with solving math and logic tasks in a meaningful and engaging way, like an interactive test preparation.

The puzzles and situations are aligned with performance tasks and questions they may see on the SBAC (state test) at the end of the school year. This is especially important for 3rd grade students, since it’s their first time experiencing the test.

The goal for this project is for students to use and build problem solving skills, strengthen their understanding and use of the standards for mathematical practice, and build and develop teamwork skills to solve problems. Please help provide this meaningful experience for our fantastic and intelligent students. I sincerely thank you for looking at our project. We can't wait to solve some puzzles!

Mrs. Vecchio
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 140 students.

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Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair - Classic Children's Stability Ball Chair, Child Classroom Desk Seating, Purple • Amazon Business $46.81 2 $93.62
UV LED Black Light, HouLight High Power 10W Ultra Violet UV LED Flood Light IP65-Waterproof (85V-265V AC) for Blacklight Party Supplies, Neon Glow, Glow in the Dark, Fishing, Aquarium, Curing • Amazon Business $20.99 3 $62.97
Crown Display 100 22" Glow Necklaces Light Neon Glow Stick - Assorted Colors WHOLESALE PACK • Amazon Business $29.49 2 $58.98
LED Desk Lamp, TaoTronics Fully Rotatable Dimmable Table Lamp, Wider Lighting Zone, USB Port, Eye Protection, 4 Lighting Modes and Brightness, Memory Funtion, 1 Hour Timer, 12W • Amazon Business $35.99 1 $35.99
Remote Control Dancing Robot - Programmable RC Robots Multiple Function Singing / Dancing / Walking / Gesture Sensor - Perfect Gift for Kids by Leoking • Amazon Business $32.99 1 $32.99
LED UV Spotlight, SUNVIE 9W Black lights with 3W×3LEDs UV LED Bulbs, UV LED Flood Light IP65-Waterproof for Curing Fishing Grow Party and UV Body Paint, with US-Plug • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Pack of 4, BYB Super Bright 9 LED Mini Aluminum Flashlight with Lanyard, Assorted Colors, Batteries Not Included, Best Tools for Camping, Hiking, Hunting, Backpacking, Fishing, BBQ and EDC • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
NASA Meatball Logo White, Blue or Gray T-shirts (Small, Black) • Amazon Business $12.25 2 $24.50
12 Unit Set of Colored Duct Tapes (6 Darker Colors + 6 Lighter Colors) - Each Roll is 1.89" X 10 Yards! • Amazon Business $23.39 1 $23.39
AmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 2-Pack, 200 Joule - Black • Amazon Business $11.49 2 $22.98
Small Faux Book Safe • Amazon Business $11.06 2 $22.12
Ubercords 10 Foot (2 Pack) Power Extension Cord - 16 AWG Power 3 Prong Appliance Extension Cable Cord - 125 Volts, 13 Amps - UL Listed • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Glow In The Dark Stars: 824 Realistic 3D Stars For Ceiling Or Walls In 4 Sizes – Twice The Glow Powder To Glow Brighter And Longer – More Realistic Looking Than Typical Glow In The Dark Stickers • Amazon Business $21.95 1 $21.95
Aeromax Astronaut Boots, Size Medium, White, with NASA patches • Amazon Business $19.60 1 $19.60
9" Light Up Plastic Flying Sports Discs, Glow in the Dark for Night Games (Set of 6) • Amazon Business $9.50 2 $19.00
3M 70006775012 Heavy Duty Duct Tape DT11 Black, 48 mm x 54.8 m 11 mil., Individually Wrapped Conveniently Packaged (1 Roll) • Amazon Business $8.60 2 $17.20
Pack of 2! Individually Packaged, 2x Spectre Hologram Smartphone Hologram Projector, Suitable for any Smartphone, iphone, samsung, Sony compatible holographic prism • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Simon Electronic Memory Game • Amazon Business $16.59 1 $16.59
Real Thick (11Mil) and Strong Duct Tape 6353, Silver, 48mm x 32m (1.88 Inch x 35 Yards), 11mil Thick (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Real Thick (11Mil) and Strong Duct Tape 6353, Silver, 48mm x 32m (1.88 Inch x 35 Yards), 11mil Thick (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Home Security Dictionary Hollow Book Safe Box Security Lock Secret Lock (Key-Locked, Two Keys, Diversion Safe, "The New English Dictionary", Jewellery /Coins/Money/Valuables)- three colors (blue) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Aeromax Astronaut Gloves, size Small, White, with NASA patches • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Energizer AA Batteries, Double A Battery Max Alkaline (24 Count) E91BP-24 • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Glow in the Dark Tape - 30 ft x 1 inch - Glow-in-the-Dark Luminous photoluminescent / luminescent emergency roll safety egress markers stairs, walls, steps, exit sign. Glowing pro theatre stage floor • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Echo Park Paper Company Space Academy 6x6" Paper Pad • Amazon Business $6.30 2 $12.60
Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle (48 pcs, 2 x 3 feet) • Amazon Business $12.57 1 $12.57
Energizer AAA Batteries, Triple A Battery Max Alkaline (24 Count) E92BP-24 • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
LANMU 3D Holographic Projection Pyramid for iPhone6 iPhone6splus iPhone7 7plus iPhone 8 iPhone X & All 3.5-5.5" Smartphones • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Small Faux Book Safe • Amazon Business $11.06 1 $11.06
Tigerdoe Astronaut Helmet For Kids - Space Helmet - Soft Plastic Astronaut Helmet - Astronaut Costume • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
DIY 3D Simulation Solar System Nine planets Scale Model Science Learning Eductional Toys The Nine Planets Planetarium Teaching model • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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