Escape Room with Space Shuttles

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If you are looking for student engagement an escape room project is the way to go! For this Escape Room, the information within the tasks is all about the United States Space Shuttle Missions. It’s an Unlock the Box Challenge with a Science-based theme! And it includes a STEM Challenge!

NOTE: This Escape Room is available in money-saving bundles!

How does this work?

STEM Escape Rooms are locked box missions that involve solving riddles and tasks to find clues to open a locked box. Students work together to find the keywords that lead to the needed information to unlock a lock. And, a STEM Challenge is included!

What are the tasks?

  • Box 1 will be solved by students reading through a data table containing information about all the shuttle missions. Their task to place certain events in chronological order which reveals a clue.
  • After unlocking the box, they are led to Box 2. This one involves solving math problems to cover the next clue.
  • Box 3 has a clue they can find by using a United States map to track specific locations astronauts might have seen as their orbit passed over the USA.

What do you need?

  • You will need three locks for this escape. You need two number locks (that you can set with a three-digit number) and one lock with a key.
  • Directions are included to use this set without these locks!
  • You will also need three boxes. This can be a plastic or metal toolbox, but any box will work!
  • Directions and photos are included for how to set up the boxes and locks or how to use a version without locks.

Included in this resource you will find:

  • Table of contents
  • 3 pages of tips and tricks for setting up everything
  • For Box 1- teacher directions with photos, student directions, Shuttle Missions Data table, event cards, clue cards, and box labels.
  • For Box 2- teacher directions with photos, math pages in two versions with answer keys, clue cards for your display, and box labels.
  • For Box 3 – teacher directions with photos, Mission log, maps in several versions with an answer key, and box labels.
  • Miscellaneous forms include Hint cards for each task, an alternative locking system (made of paper), a Planning Check-off Page, Certificates to award students completing the task, and all pages are provided in a black and white version.

There is MORE! A STEM Challenge is included. Students will design a Space Robot following constraints requiring the robot to be useful for astronauts. The Challenge file includes:

  • 3 pages of teacher directions
  • two forms of editable constraints
  • editable lab sheet
  • editable rubric
  • photos

It's a perfect way to culminate this Escape Room event.

Who is this for?

This Escape Room was tested with fifth graders. It would be great for 4th-5th grade. Some items are provided in two ability levels. Three pages of hints and tips will guide you through using this resource. This may be too challenging for third graders.

What are students saying?It’s a highly engaging activity that will create a busy-ness in your classroom that is so much fun. Comments from my students include:

  • “This is the most fun I have ever had in STEM class!”
  • “I loved every part of this. It made me use some thinking.”
  • “We loved that it made us really work as a team.”

What is your prep?

  • The Escape Room includes copying, laminating, and cutting out student directions cards, space shuttle images, Mars and planets images; copying and laminating data table and mission log; copying and cutting apart mission events strips and math paper. The prep and setup will take at least 30 minutes.
  • Prepping for the STEM Challenge includes gathering the materials and setting up bins of materials for students. The materials are commonly found in a classroom and it includes cardboard tubes.

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