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Courtesy of the BreakoutEDU website. I added a couple of notes about how to change the lock combinations and added one of Breakout's puzzles for a PD class.
5 Tips for Success
You are working together as one team
The better you communicate and collaborate the more successful you will be
If you solve a puzzle, make sure the rest of your team knows
Come together intermittently to review what you know
Decide as a team when to use your hint cards
On the directional lock, be sure to push down twice on the silver top before entering the directional code.
Story You and your colleagues are at a professional development class when you realized that something seemed a bit off. The presenter, Dr. Johnson, stepped out of his room. Sarah decided to take a peek at what the professor was working on at his desk.
You and your colleagues discover that Dr. Johnson has plans to unleash a deadly airborne virus that would turn anyone who came into contact with it into a zombie. However, you also learn that the doctor has created an antidote that can reverse the symptoms. He plans to save it for himself and family.
You have 35 minutes to find the antidote and save the world!!
Review the game
How did your group work well together?
How do you think your group could have been more effective?
How did you utilize each individual's strengths?
How did you contribute to your team?
What would you do differently next time?
Do you feel like your ideas were heard?
How can a game like this be used in your classroom?
Where can Breakout EDU games fit in the curriculum?
What are some ways games can be designed for larger groups?
In learning, the journey is
far more important than
About the Locks
This is probably all contained in the BreakoutEdu box, but just in case…
To change the 3 digit lock, open the box, slide the button to the left, hold it there and move the numbers to the new combination, then release. You should be able to make sure it works just by looking at it before you close the box.
To change the directional lock:
how to reset the combination on a master speed dial lock (2 minutes)
How to Set a
Only play this video if you are introducing the concept of Breakout EDU to a a group of people playing for the first time. Not intended for teachers to use with students.
Make sure you explain any places in the room that are off limits (maybe the teacher’s desk, book shelves). Also, be sure to explain any special locks that the players may have an issue with. For example, many first time players have never encountered a directional lock before and need to know how to reset it in order to try another combination.
The hints cards allow the players to work to their frustration level, but not beyond. At any point in the game when the players get stuck or frustrated they can ask for a hint. As the facilitator you can decide how much information you want to give them. It is important that you are familiar with the game and know how all the puzzles are solved so that you can provide effective hints. If you don’t know the game, go back to the game page (breakotuedu.com/games) and watch the video for that game. Here’s a blog post with different perspectives on the role of the hint cards.
The timer is a video. If you have crummy internet, you may want to consider using a phone time or another option. The timer is best if it’s projected onto a large screen so players can watch it count down.
Review all the steps in the game. Share how the team solved each of the puzzles and ask them to do a
Feel free to adapt any of these questions for your audience. I project these questions and open it up to the audience to choose to answer any of them or bring up another topic of their choice.
Be sure to explain that there are two different options for obtaining a kit. People can purchase the kit from Breakout EDU or they can put one together themselves using the open source instructions. The only unique piece that we create is the wooden box. A regular tool box that you can lock also works.
Be sure to explain that ther