May 1st – Breakout EDU

Towards the end of the year, as students are overwhelmed from the rigor of the year often times teachers resort to movies or TedTalks to fill in some gaps.  Might I make a new suggestion that challenges the students with critical thinking and sharpens their problem solving skills?  Visit Breakout EDU.

May 1st – Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU is a wooden box (now plastic) that has a “hasp” lock with the ability to use 6 locks to lock one lock (this link will make more sense).  The students then have to solve a number of clues that give them the combinations (in a directional lock, 5 letter word lock, 3-4 digit number locks) to unlock and get the treasure inside.  The box also includes a USB drive to store files on, another lock box to hide additional clues in, a blacklight and marker to hide clues in plain sight, and other items that might help with the game.

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The website has a dozen different games and instructions/hints on how you can make your own.  It also has an “open source” materials list to make the kits your self.

This is a great way to have the students apply knowledge in a real life situation, rather than filling in a set of bubbles.

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