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Atoms - Science Escape Room

"You are less than an hour away from a complete and total nuclear meltdown! Using your knowledge of atoms you have been tasked to stop the disaster from happening. A series of puzzles stand in the way between your team and complete devastation. The entire world is counting on you!"


Immerse your students in a fun, engaging, learning experience with the Atoms Escape Room! We have created a unique experience that will leave a lasting, positive impression on your students.


Standards Covered:

  • TEKS: 8.5 A - describe the structure of atoms, including the masses, electrical charges, and locations, of protons and neutrons in the nucleus and electrons in the electron cloud
  • NGSS: MS PS1-1- Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

Students will need a prior understanding of protons, neutrons, and electrons in order to be successful in demonstrating their understanding of atoms with this escape room. They will need to know their location, charge and be able to identify valence electrons on a Bohr model or an element symbol.


How it works:

Unlike many escape rooms, the teacher is in total control on which of the 8 puzzles they want to use and in which order to use them. They are designed using modules, with each puzzle independent of the others. There are several ways to play the games, so the teacher will need to decide which approach is best for their students. You have the option to do as many or as few of the puzzles as you choose, in any order. This is great differentiating, and for shorter or longer class periods. We recommend 5-6 puzzles for a 40 minute class period.
  • 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!


Materials Needed:

The escape room can be run several different ways.

1. The least expensive option is to use manila envelopes for the puzzles. All the directions are provided. You will also need:
  • All printed materials (included)
  • A small mirror or reflective surface (cell phone camera would work too)
  • Brads (paper fastener) for one of the decoder rings

2. For a more authentic escape room, each group will need the following:


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)


You can purchase the Atoms Escape Room here.

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!

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