The winning team of the Breakout EDU challenge in AP Statistics at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

The LEF is proud to help foster innovation, create meaningful change, and prepare students for a global economy through our LEF Grant Program. One of our recent grants tests the problem-solving abilities of students in a way no worksheet or traditional lesson can, by challenging them to break into a specially designed box.

The Breakout EDU kit is a unique collection of resettable locks, boxes and items that can be used to play immersive classroom games. All games require critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. AP Statistics teacher Debbi Carson reported on the success of the challenge: "The students were engaged and excited," she said. "They delegated responsibility well and worked together. It was a beautiful thing!"

Though Ms. Carson wrote the grant application, the kits can be used in a wide variety of subject areas. The Breakout EDU platform includes subject packs in over 700 topics. Teachers and students can build their own games as well. 

"Studies have shown students need to have more experiences working collaboratively with their peers to solve complex problems," says Andrea Bezzant, LEF Allocations Chair. "It just makes sense to fund programs that allow them to build skills they'll need in the working world."

For details about the more than 130 grants funded by the LEF, visit our website.