Walton Education Foundation

The goal of this escape challenge will provide student engagement, collaborative teamwork, develop critical problem solving skills by solving a series of learning activities/puzzles from the biology curriculum by breaking in a series of locks to break in an escape challenge box. Students work together to unlock each lock once they solve clues from the learning activity/lesson. Solving breakout boxes is an exciting educational challenge and fosters students to actively engage together as a team in the lesson to succeed in breaking in the box. Students will role play as "investigators" in a laboratory setting.

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"Breaking In to Break Out" the Escape Challenge

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School:
South Walton High 
Subject:
STEM Education 
Teacher:
Joan Kennett 
Students Impacted:
100 
Grade:
Date:
October 4, 2018

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CHELCO - $938.76

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Goal

The goal of this escape challenge will provide student engagement, collaborative teamwork, develop critical problem solving skills by solving a series of learning activities/puzzles from the biology curriculum by breaking in a series of locks to break in an escape challenge box. Students work together to unlock each lock once they solve clues from the learning activity/lesson. Solving breakout boxes is an exciting educational challenge and fosters students to actively engage together as a team in the lesson to succeed in breaking in the box. Students will role play as "investigators" in a laboratory setting.
 

 

What will be done with my students

The students will be actively engaged in small lab groups solving problems independently and collaboratively, which will be used to introduce a new lesson or concept, to review or reinforce a learning target, and at the end of the lesson or unit, to bring closure to a lesson to reinforce skills and concepts learned in an exciting and enriching way.
Students will:
* discover new content or reinforce or review content
* decipher clues leading to another clue to unlock a designated lock
* solve science related problems which include but not limited to graphing, scientific method investigations, experimental data, formulating conclusions, predicting and collaboratively working together to unlock each lock ultimately to "break in" the box to find the final solution to the problem/lesson
* participate in teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting students with challenges to solve clues/problems
* solve in real time and make critical choices to succeed in the task of interpreting the clues
* To bring closure to the "break in" "break out" lesson activity, students will be engaged in meta-cognition discussions about the "why" and "how" of their choices in solving the lesson/activity clues and how to improve their problem solving skills for the next "break in" "break out" lesson activity.
Unit lessons/activities will cover the biology standards: (but not limited too):
*Standard 14 SC.912.L.14 : Organization and Development of Living Organisms.
*Standard 15 SC.912.L.15 : Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms
*Standard 16 SC.912.L.16 : Heredity and Reproduction
*Standard 17 SC.912.L.17 : Interdependence
*Standard 18 SC.912.L.18 : Matter and Energy Transformations

 

 

Benefits to my students

My 100 students in my biology class will be provided an opportunity to become directly involved and engaged in hands-on activities solving the "break in" "break out" box escape challenge. It will allow them the discipline and opportunity to participate in a real-world application of science. The direct involvement of the students and their analytical presentations as "investigators" will result in a deeper understanding of correct scientific procedures and analytical processes, not to mention better preparation for accelerated learning and inspire students each year from these challenging laboratory activities to seek career related jobs in STEM. 

 

Budget Narrative

The equipment/materials are necessary for students to successfully solve/master the clues to "break in" to "break out" of the box. One box with locks/clues per each small lab group. 8- lab groups per class.
Students will wear lab coats and participate as investigators to solve the lesson activities for each of the various locks described above in the item list. Each lock has a set of clues for students to solve to unlock each different type of lock.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 8-tool boxes 16" @ 11.99 $95.92
2 8-hasp locks @ 6.07 $48.56
3 8-word-locks @ 8.99 $71.92
4 8-key locks @ 5.99 $47.92
5 8-4 digit locks @ 11.97 $95.76
6 8-3 digit locks @ (4-pack) $33.90
7 8-directional locks @ 11.52 $92.16
8 8-tool pouches (2-pack 9.99) $39.96
9 batteries AA (24 pack) $14.69
10 8-UV flashlights 2 packs @ 11.99 $47.96
11 UV pens - 3 pack @ 6.25 $12.50
12 27 Dr. Lab Coats @ 12.00 $324.00
13 1-pack yellow construction paper $3.99
14 8-4 function calculators @ 1.19 $9.52
  Total: $938.76

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