In a nutshell, breakout is a way of making puzzles with an educational slant. learner work together to find the combinations/codes to break into a box (which you could put prizes in). The puzzles will be challenging and can be adapted to any subject area. The website has a lot of examples. Mostly, it's just really fun and often you will be surprised by which learners shine through.
I love puzzles. What maths teacher doesn't? During the GAFE KL summit in October 2015, I went to a workshop about breakout edu. I loved it, such a fun idea and great for exposing learners to soft skills like listening, team work, patients, persistence etc. I wanted to try using the idea myself but I had just started a new school and wasn't sure how to start. Luckily, I was put in charge of running the maths day for KL so I just incorporated the idea there.
Below is a video I made explaining how to set up my break out. Further information about resources is below.
I planned the breakout with some help from my game-loving husband and trainee teacher. Once you set out a flow of the order of clues and what you expect to happen things fall into place quite well. Googling different items and being on the lookout for locks helped too as these items became ideas to base challenges around. It wasn't so easy to source the items in Malaysia, but using Tesco, DIY shops and Etsy (for custom boxes) I got around most issues.
All of the digital resources are shared freely here. In that folder you will also find some detailed set up instructions.
As well as that, you will need some other items:
- Breakout Box
- Fake dictionary
- UV light and torch
- 3 number combination box
- Photo frame
- 5 letter lock
- 3 digit combination lock
Practice once with a group of adults, so that you can get feedback on how to adapt the resources and get an idea for how to use the hints etc. The internet is you friend, you will be able to find way more resources than you imagine online. Use the breakout facebook group, it's very active. Any other help contact me via the contact section here or @em0rgan.