“You and your classmates were visiting the NASA space museum in Florida. Several of your classmates decided to try their luck in the Apollo space simulator. There was a computer malfunction and the simulation door has sealed itself shut. There is a limited amount of time before the tour bus leaves and your classmates cannot get out! You frantically look around and notice there is an override code. For safety reasons, only a select few have the knowledge needed to gain access. Can you and your classmates use your knowledge of lunar phases to gain access to the NASA codes needed to manually override the lock?”
Immerse your students in a fun, engaging, learning experience with the Lunar Cycle Escape Room! We have created a unique experience that will leave a lasting, positive impression on your students.
- NGSS MS-ESS1-1 – Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons
- TEKS 8.7 B – Demonstrate and predict the sequence of events in the lunar cycle
Students will need to have an understanding of the lunar cycle including the phases of the moon in order to be successful with this escape room. They will also need to be able to predict past and future moon phases and know the approximate time it takes to change from one phase to the next.
How it works:
- Break up the class into teams of 2-4 students
- Play the challenge video provided
- After deciding how many puzzles to use, give each group a separate manila envelope. Using manilla envelopes is the least expensive option. You can also use locks and boxes. Locks are not required to run this escape room, but it can provide a more authentic experience. A lockout hasp will save you from needing to buy multiple boxes per group.
- The remaining puzzles stay in a different area where students can check them in and out
- Start the timer!
- The teacher will check their codes by the students writing them down on the provided answer sheet, or use the digital lock using Google Forms. More details on how to use this electronically are provided.
- Once the students have solved the puzzles, they will open the last envelope containing their prize!
1. The least expensive option is to use manila envelopes for the puzzles. All the directions are provided. Each group will also need:
- All printed materials (included)
- Mirror or reflective surface (cell phone camera would work)
2. For a more authentic escape room, each group will also need the following, instead of manila envelopes:
Included in your purchase:
- Teacher directions
- Editable templates for the teacher to modify
- Detailed answer key for each puzzle
- Student answer key
- Digital answer key (Google Form) that is great for 1:1 or Google Classrooms. Replaces paper answer key if you choose, but not necessary
- Video challenge to set the mood for the challenge
- 8 unique puzzles with all printable props
- A list of over 50 ideas for prizes
- Reward templates
- 30 unique signs to hold up for the picture at the end (plus, editable template)
More science escape room products are being released. A completed bundle of 36 different escape rooms, covering a wide range of standards and concepts will be finished by August 2018. You can purchase the bundle at a 30% discount, and receive access to each escape room product as it is released!
Teachers are sharing their ideas and experiences using hashtags #keslerscience and #scienceescape on Twitter and Instagram, and on the Kesler Science Professional Learning Network on Facebook. See you there!