The Periodic Escape
An Educational Science Escape Game Designed for the Classroom – for fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth graders, or a refresher for high school students.
Description: This highly interactive science game highlights group interaction, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Students use their knowledge of the periodic table of elements to crack codes, brainstorm, decipher codes, unlock boxes, and ultimately escape the periodic table! If you have ever visited an escape room in real life, it has similar features. However, the door is not locked, and this is designed for education. What a concept! Give it a go and see how interested your students become!
-A printed copy of the periodic table (print from the internet please. Atomic number must appear on top left of each element), class dictionary (more than one is best, but not required), scissors, one 3-digit lock, 2 key locks, 3 locking containers (see *), and materials received with this purchase. It is best to print the purchased materials in color.
*3 Locking Containers: One of the containers to lock must be able to have a 3-digit combo lock to close it. The other two boxes must be key locks. Ideas are: cash box, suitcase that can lock, zip bags that can lock, small toolbox, etc. Be creative!
Student Background Knowledge / Skills Needed:
These concepts should be reviewed and focused on ahead of time. This game is designed with the idea that students understand the following concepts before they complete this escape game.
They need to have a familiarity with the periodic table of elements, periods (horizontal) of the periodic table, columns (vertical) of the periodic table, element symbol, element name, atomic number, relative atomic mass, nucleus, and the three particles of an atom (proton, electron, neutron).
The Periodic Escape Game Directions:
There are several components to this escape game. When reading the directions, please refer to the purchased materials to help with clarity. Please keep in mind that this game requires a lot of creativity in its design, so please be patient with the directions. Take plenty of time ahead of time to ensure this a success in your classroom. This is best planned out over a few days minimum to avoid last minute stress on you! Because of the nature of this process for students, it also is a process for teachers to setup and understand.