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Mr. Teague from Millers Creek NC is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Think Outside the Box: Developing Creative Problem Solvers

My students need these locks, lock boxes, and mystery solving items to enjoy math based breakout games in the classroom.

  • $348 goal

This project expired on April 8, 2017.

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My Students

My students attend a rural high school. We live in an area that has a high poverty and drug use rate. Students in my classes have a lot of potential. They are good with their hands and perform better when they are actively solving concrete tasks.

My hope is that my students will transfer their ability for tactile problem solving to mathematical problem solving.

Many of our students' families have never attended college and I want to push them to be the first. This project will help develop their confidence as risk takers and problem solvers.

My Project

The best mathematicians are the ones who can think creatively or outside the box. To be successful problem solvers, students need to learn to develop a hypothesis, test it, and reevaluate when necessary. This project aim is to strengthen these traits through mystery based challenges where students break into a locked box.

Students will be engaged in active problem solving that is fun and relates to the mathematical content being taught.

They will figuratively and literally be thinking "outside the box" to find solutions to break into a box with these locks, lock boxes, and mystery solving items. Online there is an open source database of subject based breakout activities that have been developed by other teachers. In addition, I can create new break out modules that are specific to my teaching. I hope this will help my students improve their creative thinking and become more interested in problem solving.

Mr. Teague
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MTM TMCAK Tactical Magazine Can AK Magazine Storage • Amazon Business $22.99 3 $68.97
Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-Dial Combination Padlock, Black • Amazon Business $9.94 3 $29.82
TaoTronics TT-FL001 UV Flashlight Blacklight, Dog Urine and Stains Detector, 12 Ultraviolet LED Light with AAA Batteries • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Master Lock 1500iD Speed Dial Combination Lock, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.97 3 $23.91
HT Luggage Locks Combination Password Locks Padlocks TSA Approved 3-Digit 4-Pack (Four Color) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace Portable Safe, Gunmetal Grey • Amazon Business $15.20 1 $15.20
HTThe Ultimate 4 Digit Combination Padlock Set - Set Your Own(Not TSA Approved Lock) (4 Pack Multi-color) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
South Main Hardware 810106 TSA Approved Luggage Lock, Solid Brass, 3/4-Inch Wide Body, 4-Pack, Solid Brass • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
SE Folding Pocket Magnifier, 4X Magnification, 2" Glass Lens • Amazon Business $3.99 3 $11.97
Master Lock 420 Lockout Hasp with Vinyl Coated Handle, 1" Inside Jaw Diameter • Amazon Business $3.90 3 $11.70
Invisible Pens Come in 3 INK COLORS! - Kids Party Toy Markers - Disappearing Ink Pens with UV Dark Light on Keychain - Awesome Stuff for Secret Message Writing - A Magic Secret Agent Spy Pen! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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