2015-12-31 / Lifestyles

Students ‘escape’ using new concept

MANISTIQUE – The third grade students at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School have been escaping the average classroom assignment by taking part in a new concept modeled after the “Escape Room” trend, called “BreakoutEDU”.

The students are asked to locate clues, solve problems, and work together to beat the challenge at hand. The third graders have participated in several challenges since the school’s PTO purchased the kit for the class in October.

They most recently completed a challenge based on the book, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”.

In the game, the students had to locate clues hidden throughout their classroom in order to unlock a box containing a mysterious and special treat. Some of the clues included invisible ink hidden on specific dictionary pages, scratch off tickets revealing a URL to a Google form, a hidden lock box, coded puzzles, hidden keys, and more.


The third grade students at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School recently participated in a new classroom trend called BreakoutEDU. The students were able to breakout with just under two minutes left. At left (from left), Lauranna Lemaster, Leah Goudreau, and Ava Kusnier work to decipher their first clue. At right, Dawson Bosanic works to unlock one of the locks from the final box. 
Courtesy photos The third grade students at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School recently participated in a new classroom trend called BreakoutEDU. The students were able to breakout with just under two minutes left. At left (from left), Lauranna Lemaster, Leah Goudreau, and Ava Kusnier work to decipher their first clue. At right, Dawson Bosanic works to unlock one of the locks from the final box. Courtesy photos The students raced against the clock and were able to unlock all six locks and claim their prize, Turkish Delight, with just under two minutes remaining.

Aside from having fun and reinforcing the book’s concepts, the students are learning important skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and how to troubleshoot.

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