Designing a Breakout EDU Game

Last fall, our 5th grade students designed a Breakout EDU game, a game that consists of keys, boxes, and/or mystery items. The goal of the game is for the players to solve a series of challenges, riddles, and mysteries to “break out” of the room before time’s up.

How to build a Breakout EDU box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmlY_aGqe5E

Intro Music by Ryan Little “Falling Down”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Background Music by Kevin Macleod “Lobby Time”

Becca Goess, STEM Design Specialist: https://www.instagram.com/missrgoess/
Erin Curtiss, 5th Grade Teacher: https://twitter.com/curtiss_erin

Instagram Pics to WordPress Post

I just learned how to automatically make my Instagram photos into blog posts using IFTTT.com. Check out my video on IFTTT that explains how to use the Web tool.

Since I have more than 750 Instagram photos that are not included in this blog, I thought I would create a photo gallery of some of my recent Instagram photos. Enjoy!

Minecraft in Education: 5th Grade Volume Project (PBL)

In this project students took on the role of architects from an architecture firm. Their objective was to design a home for Mr. Python and his family. Mr. Python provided a few specifications for the design:

  • Home must have a footprint of 150 to 250 square meters (The footprint is the area of the home site, defined by the perimeter of the building plan.)
  • At least 3 bedrooms (One master bedroom, one for the daughter and one for the son)
  • Wants lot of natural sunlight coming into the home
  • Multi-story home (home that has multiple of floors)
  • Home must be a composite rectangular prism, made up of at least three or more of these rectangular prisms that are all different sizes (Composite rectangular prism: composed of two or more non-overlapping right rectangular prisms)
  • Would like to know the volume of each of the non-overlapping rectangular prisms and also the total volume of the home

Here is the video of Mr. Python asking students to design a home for his family.

Prior to the final project students watched the following intro video to volume that contains a quick review on perimeter and area, as well as a short activity where students find the volume of a rectangular prism using layers.

Ultimately students designed a home for Mr. Python with his specifications in mind. The images below are from Andrew in Ms. Godek’s class. He created a beautiful modern home that had a volume of 5254 blocks cubed. Please visit his blog post to see more images and how he found the volume of his home. 

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