Team building games

This collection of games are great for focusing on teamwork and/or introducing what Breakout EDU is all about to staff and students. 

At the end of each game, be sure to wrap up the experience by utilizing the Breakout EDU reflection cards to help facilitate the game debrief. As the facilitator, your role is vital. What you say before the game will set your players up for success, set norms, and don't be afraid to intervene if necessary.

The objective of the games isn't to "get into the box by any means necessary"... It's important that players understand that the objective of the game is solve each of the puzzles and use that information to remove the locks on the Breakout EDU kit by working cooperatively.

Have fun!


TIME WARP 

Time Warp is a great game to play with a small group of adults (6-15 players). Many teachers choose to use this game in a staff professional development to introduce the concept of Breakout EDU. 

  • Game Designers: Mark Hammons & James Sanders
  • Content Area: History / General Interest
  • Recommended Ages: 14+
  • Ideal Group Size: 5-15
  • Suggested Time:  45 minutes

In Time Warp, players are lost in time and have to navigate the history of communication in order to escape.  In the game, players will learn about various forms of communication. Starting with hieroglyphics, Incan knots and the Pony Express, all the way to video and the Internet. The main character in the game is Vint Cerf, one of the "fathers of the Internet."


FACULTY Meeting

Story: We have a problem with our Agenda - all properly run staff meetings MUST have an agenda. The problem is, the Superintendent does not want this meeting to end - EVER, so he/she has locked the last part of our Agenda in the Breakout EDU box.

  • Game Designer: Patti Harju
  • Ages: Adult
  • Ideal Group Size: Large Group
  • Content Area: Professional Development/Team Building

AD AGENT

 

Story: A rogue U.S. spy, G. McFly, decided that he wanted nothing else to do with the spy game and decided to start sharing top secret information with informants all over the world in an attempt to compromise the United States spy program as well as the head of the FBI, one J. Edgar Hoover. 

  • Game Designer: Breakout EDU
  • Content Area: General Interest/Team Building
  • Recommended Ages: Teens to Adults
  • Ideal Group Size: 15
  • Suggested Time: 45 Minutes

TOTALLY RADICAL 80’S TIME TRAVEL ADVENTURE

Story:  Welcome back to 1986! Here you will find all of our cutting edge technology from the 1980's which you will need to use along with your knowledge of all that was Rad in the 80's to get yourself back to present day. You only have 45 minutes before you are stuck in the past forever!

  • Game Designers: Adam Bellow and Patti Harju
  • Content Area: Cross Curricular
  • Recommended Ages: Middle School,High School, Adult
  • Ideal Group Size: Small Groups of 10-15
  • Suggested Time: 45 minutes

Oh, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO

Story: We have an awesome year ahead of us, and I am so excited to get started! I have our Ticket to Learning for this year all ready to go, however I locked it in the box for safe keeping and I forgot the combinations to the locks.

  • Game Designer: Patti Harju
  • Ages: Upper Elementary
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class
  • Content Area: General Interest

THE MONSTER MASH

Story:  Now that we are here, I realize that Igor’s Dance Dungeon is run by monsters. Real Monsters! and we are not in a dance studio, but in a real dungeon! (The name should have tipped me off.) We need to get out of here fast!

Game Designer: Patti Harju
Content Area: Cross Curricular, Math
Recommended Ages: Elementary
Ideal Group Size: Whole Class
Suggested Time: 45 Minutes


MONSTER MASH JR

Story:  Now that we are here, I realize that Igor’s Dance Dungeon is run by monsters. Real Monsters! and we are not in a dance studio, but in a real dungeon! (The name should have tipped me off.) We need to get out of here fast!

  • Game Designer: Patti Harju
  • Content Area: Seasonal
  • Recommended Ages: Early Elementary
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class
  • Suggested Time: 45 minutes