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.
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.