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Mrs. Edwards from Bland MO is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Science Minds Unlock the Box

Help me give my students the opportunity to unlock their minds to problem-solving and higher level thinking skills by using combination locks and the Survivor Dry Boxes to create interactive and engaging "Break-Out" activities.

  • $407 goal

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My Students

My classroom promotes a quote from Coach Paul W. "Bear" Braynt about what it takes to BE A WINNER:

"If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride

...and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards."

"We Are Winners!" Sixth grade science students are exploring and learning by engaging in hands-on experiments and activities that promote problem solving, critical and higher-level thinking. Coming from a high-need school containing mostly low-socioeconomic children and having deep cuts in our supply budget, materials are needed to help keep them interested and focused.

Students need to be actively engaged in their learning. Presentation of lessons through the use of “Lock Box Kits or Break-Out Games” provides a competitive aspect that pushes students to answer questions not only accurately but faster. With the kits, all students will be able to get involved, requiring them to recall facts, measure, observe, collect data and analyze results.

Your support will ensure that my students continue to be excited about performing experiments and inspiring future scientists.

My Project

It is imperative that my students learn to problem solve and think critically to compete in today's world. The materials I have requested will provide my students with an experience for a collaborative and kinesthetic activity that reinforces learning. The world is changing every single day, and so are the interests of my students. l need a new reusable activity that will hold their interest and keep them excited about science. I have chosen a variety of locks and lockable containers to create my own version of "Break-Out Boxes." These will require students to work in teams to answer questions about a given topic in different ways.

With these materials, my students will be able to work together, thinking critically and creatively, to complete science challenges.

Students are encouraged to use their wits, collaboration, and grit to break into a locked box. Students are divided into teams and presented with a box possessing one or more locks on it. After solving a variety of clues and challenges, they will discover codes they can use to unlock the box.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MTM Survivor Dry Box with O-Ring Seal (Forest Green, Large) • Amazon Business $16.24 4 $64.96
Master Lock 1535DWD Vertical Resettable Word Combination Padlock, 4-Pack, Color May Vary • Amazon Business $34.00 1 $34.00
Brady Steel Lockout Hasp With Tab, 1" Inside Jaw Diameter • Amazon Business $8.32 4 $33.28
Master Lock 1535DWD Set Your Own Word Combination Padlock 1 Pack Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.99 4 $31.96
Master Lock 1500iD Set Your Own Directional Combination Padlock, 1 Pack, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.98 4 $31.92
Canvas Zipper Utility Tool Bag - 4 Pack Great Quality Heavy Duty Metal Zippers Tool Pouch with Carabiner, Well Made Organizer Clip on Tote Bags in Blue, Black, Gray, Red • Amazon Business $17.86 1 $17.86
TSA Approved Luggage Locks, Durable Travel Lock with Inspection Indicator and 3 Digit Re-Settable Combination (C117BLACK4) • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Zhi Jin 12Pack Travel Combination Lock Luggage Padlock Code Locks Gym Lockers Set Bulk Sports Baggage Cabinets • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Zhi Jin 12Pack Travel Combination Lock Luggage Padlock Code Locks Gym Lockers Set Bulk Sports Baggage Cabinets • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Optimal Shop 6 Pack UV Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors Etc • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Master Lock Lockout Hasp with Vinyl Coated Handle and Locking Tabs, 1-1/2" Inside Jaw Diameter • Amazon Business $6.07 2 $12.14
Master Lock 1533TRI Mini Combination Padlock 3 Pack Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Invisable Ink Pen Marker Secret spy Message Writer with uv Light Fun Activity for Kids Party Favors Ideas Gifts and Stock Stuffers, (6 Pack) by SyPen • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Set of 3 Invisible UV Blacklight Ink Marker Blue Red Yellow • Amazon Business $6.25 1 $6.25

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