Think critically - have fun
Canyon ISD has a huge focus on extending learning outside the classroom. The CodeBreaker Challenge
was a way of reinforcing this initiative while providing a fun and exciting way to learn while building the
problem solving, and critical thinking skills that we believe are essential now and for their future
endeavors. Our Technology Vision 2020 Strategy was to “Use innovative technology to build engaging
experiences”. This program was one of the ways we chose to apply that strategy to provide a unique
learning experience for our students.
How the Game works
We designed the program in two parts that involved items on the campus as well as involvement of
teachers. The students received a “memo” Monday that started the game with a challenge in the library
where students needed to find various books to piece together a phrase, which led them to the next
clue. There were 20 different challenges consisting of Ciphers, puzzles, coding, and critical thinking. The
students had to complete each challenge in sequence. Essentially a scavenger hunt where each problem
led to the next challenge.