DIY-ing the Breakout box
The main BreakoutEDU site has a list of everything you need to build a breakout box. If you add everything up on Amazon, you get a total price of about $110. However, I realized I didn't need everything they suggested. For example, many of the breakout games utilize documents stored on a USB flash drive. Who doesn't have one or two (or 6, really) lying around gathering dust? Then, during a #moedchat about BreakoutEDU, Melanie Thompson said,
This tweet inspired me to head out today to my local Wal-Mart and start shopping for breakout box supplies. Although I was not able to find everything I needed at Wal-Mart and had to go to two more stores, I still saved a ton of money. Here's what I ended up with for my breakout box after shopping at 3 stores in the Kansas City area:
And here's the cost breakdown plus where I bought each item:
Main BreakoutEDU Box: Wal-Mart, $9.84
Secondary Box: Wal-mart, $3.87
Keyed Padlock (I bought two): Wal-Mart, 2 @ $2.77 each ($5.54 total)
4-digit lock: Wal-Mart, $7.96
Hasp: Strasser's True Value (local hardware store), $9.99
5-letter lock: Strasser's True Value, $9.99
Directional Lock: Lowe's, $7.98
(not pictured) MasterLock 5-letter/number lock: Lowe's, $7.98 (needed for "Fortune's Fool" game)
Total Cost: $63.15
The only thing I could not find was an invisible ink pen, which I ended up buying on Amazon for $3.63. Two other items on the list to buy are a USB flash drive and a UV flashlight, both of which I already own.
I'm very happy with how much money I saved, considering my initial shopping on Amazon totaled over $100! Now I'm really looking forward facilitating a breakout experience with my students after spring break. We're going to dive into reading Romeo & Juliet so the first game we're playing is "Fortune's Fool" by @Mr_JSpike. I can't wait for my students to experience this game. I want it to get them excited to read Romeo & Juliet and spark their critical thinking skills.
Hopefully, this post helps you if you've been thinking about doing BreakoutEDU in your own classroom or school. I'll post a follow-up once my students play Fortune's Fool. Maybe I'll even be able to brag about them successfully breaking out! Only time will tell.