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Ms. Horne from Pleasant Hill CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Great Escape: From Traditional Learning to Teamwork

My students need Breakout EDU kit materials and a few lab supplies to complete group escape challenges in science class.

  • $997 goal

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My Students

My school is "stuck in the middle." Being a moderate poverty school, we do not receive the funding and resources provided to poorer schools, yet we do not have the parent donor base of affluent schools.

As a magnet school, we serve students from throughout the district, encompassing a wide range of home languages, academic proficiency, and socioeconomic levels.

We are also a full-inclusion school, so I teach all students including those with special needs, the gifted, and English Language Learners. I teach a rigorous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum constructed on a foundation of hands-on learning and real-world application.

My Project

Students will be able to use the Breakout boxes to actively engage in various science lessons. Breakout EDU challenges combine teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and course content.

In my classroom, students will be engaged in combining science content with teamwork as they collaborate to solve various problems.

A Breakout chemistry challenge will combine paper and pencil problems with digital ones about chemical formulas, reactions, atomic structure, and the periodic table. Teams will solve problems in order to figure out lock combinations, obtain ultraviolet lights to read secret messages, and eventually open locked boxes to "break out" and reach their goal!

I am requesting two Breakout EDU boxes, as well as supplies to make additional ones and add variety to the locks my colleagues will have. For this, I am requesting locking utility boxes and various padlocks. The science tattoos will be fun prizes. The cardstock, laminating pouches, playing cards, and UV markers are needed to produce lab task cards and clue cards for challenge activities. All teachers creating escape challenges will be able to use the Flip camera to produce videos of digital clues and procedures for the hands-on lab activities, as well as photos to use on clue cards. The activities will have students using the universal indicator, filter paper, forceps, string, measurement cups and syringes, balloons, and red gel filters, along with supplies the school already has.

I look forward to examining the Breakout EDU online resources and working with colleagues to create content-based escape challenges for students to complete in science classes. These games will provide opportunities for our students to build valuable skills in applying knowledge, effective collaboration, listening, and perseverance, while having fun!

Ms. Horne
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Breakout EDU Kit & Platform Access • AKJ Education $150.00 2 $300.00
Flip MinoHD Video Camera - Black, 4 GB, 1 Hour (1st Generation) • Amazon Business $158.98 1 $158.98
Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 8.5 x 11-Inches, 3 mil thick, 200-Pack (TP3854-200),Clear • Amazon Business $27.69 1 $27.69
Vaultz Locking Utility Box with Combination Lock, Black on Black (VZ00192) • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Pacon Card Stock, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, Colorful Assortment, 250 Sheets (101199) • Amazon Business $18.98 1 $18.98
Ahlstrom 6170-1100 Qualitative Filter Paper, 11cm Diameter, 35 Micron, Fast Flow, Grade 617 (Pack of 50) • Amazon Business $16.28 1 $16.28
Huluwa Combination Lock, TSA Approved Luggage Travel Lock, Mini Coded Padlock for Suitcase Luggage Bag Baggage, Black, Small • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Master Lock 1534D Password Plus Combo Lock in Black, Blue, Red, White, Colors may Vary, 1-Pack • Amazon Business $7.98 2 $15.96
Master Lock Padlock, Set Your Own Word Combination Lock, 1-1/2 in. Wide, Assorted Colors, 1535DWD • Amazon Business $7.96 2 $15.92
5ml Syringe Only with Luer Slip Tip - 100 Syringes by Care Touch • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Eisco Labs 2000ml Polypropylene "Pitcher" - Beaker with Handle and Spout, 20ml graduations • Amazon Business $14.19 1 $14.19
Invisible disappearing ink pen marker secret spy message writer with uv light fun activity for kids party favors ideas gifts and stock stuffers, (12 Pack) By SyPen • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
UNIVERSAL INDICATOR SOLN LG 500ML • Ward's Science $12.99 1 $12.99
Padlock - 4 Digit Combination Lock for Gym, Sports, School & Employee Locker, Outdoor, Fence, Hasp and Storage - All Weather Metal & Steel - Easy to Set Your Own Keyless Resettable Combo - Red • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Padlock - 4 Digit Combination Lock for Gym, Sports, School & Employee Locker, Outdoor, Fence, Hasp and Storage - All Weather Metal & Steel - Easy to Set Your Own Keyless Resettable Combo - Blue • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Pangda 9 Pack Gel Filter Colored Overlays Correction Gel Light Filter Transparent Color Film Plastic Sheets, 11.7 by 8.3 Inches, Red • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
LUMAND Pack of 10 Uv Mini LED Keychain Flashlight Blacklight Lights(10PCS, Black) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Assorted Coral Reef Ocean Life Temporary Tattoos (144) • Amazon Business $9.01 1 $9.01
Economy Playing Cards (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
T.W . Evans Cordage 12-250 Number-1 Braided Nylon Mason Line, 250-Feet • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
Balloons Round 9" 20/Pkg-Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $5.72 1 $5.72
Norpro 4-Cup Capacity Plastic Measuring Cup • Amazon Business $5.28 1 $5.28
FORCEPS DISSECTING 5-1 2IN PK6 • Ward's Science $5.06 1 $5.06

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