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7th Grade Students "Escape the Room" of Photosynthesis Challenges

As part of their Life Science curriculum, 7th Grade Science students have been studying organisms, their interactions with each other and their adaptions to different environments. This unit started with an understanding of the process of photosynthesis, knowledge students reinforced this week with a fun activity in which 7th Graders attempted to “Escape the Room” by correctly solving a series of eight puzzles related to photosynthesis.

Working in small groups, students received a clue in an envelope – for example, a secret message containing blanks – then worked to determine the numerical or alphabetical code that would unlock the next clue – i.e. the four-digit number that is revealed by entering the missing terms into a phone in which certain digits are emphasized.

Throughout these challenges, students demonstrated their ability to determine the number of atoms of each element present in chemical formulas containing subscripts; analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred; construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms and more.

With these concepts reviewed and reinforced, 7th Graders will next embark on a biomimicry project, then begin to explore cellular biology.