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Edgar Allan Poe-themed escape room soon to be introduced at Northwest

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The Northwest escape room has been carefully worked on for a long time. Pictured is a small peek at the decorations and cardboard work.

The Northwest escape room has been carefully worked on for a long time. Pictured is a small peek at the decorations and cardboard work.

The Northwest escape room has been carefully worked on for a long time. Pictured is a small peek at the decorations and cardboard work.

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What could be better than getting locked in a small room, your only means of escape being clues and puzzles hidden among cluttered bookshelves and within the ravings of a madman?

The Northwest High School media center plans to bring this unusual attraction right to campus in the form of an escape room. These have risen in popularity over the past few years, especially at Greensboro’s own Breakout, a building full of these brain teasing adventures.

Escape rooms are designed to be tricky and drive players to think outside of the box, as they are locked inside an area packed full of riddles to solve and mysteries to crack. Players will have to maneuver their way through a myriad of challenges as they unravel a mystery and attempt to break out before the clock runs out.

“Last year I did a training with other librarians, and during that training we did Breakout EDU, which is a kit where you try to break into a box. That was my first experience with a breakout environment, and so I brought that idea back… We got to thinking about it and thought about how we could construct an experience [like that],” media center specialist Natalie Strange said.

Strange, as well as her collaborator Elizabeth Burkett, are the creators of the escape room at Northwest. “We dedicated some time over the summer to going to some breakout rooms, because we had never done [any] before. We thought it would be a great opportunity to have some fun constructing something for the library to use some critical thinking skills,” Strange said.

The escape room is based on solving the disappearance of a man obsessed with the writings of the famous poet Edgar Allan Poe. The room features elaborate construction from cardboard, primarily crafted by Burkett.

“Typically I talk with [Strange] and we distill an idea of what we’re working on… I do a lot of research and look at a lot of images. I would take bits and pieces of everything I’ve looked at and create my vision,” Burkett said. She’s been making three-dimensional cardboard designs since early 2004.

“I’ve seen the posters and it looks awesome,” freshman Sarah Thompson said. “Honestly I [can’t wait] for it to open up. It’s cool to see so many new things to do here.”

Not only is this crafted to be fun and challenging for students, it’s beneficially to the media center as well. “We had the idea to have it be a fundraiser for the library, so we can get new books.” Strange said. It’s expected to bring in enough revenue to buy new titles that the media center wouldn’t otherwise be able to get, which is another perk for students.

The team working on the room has made incredible progress. Once it is finished it will be beta tested by a small group before being revealed to the public. Strange expects it to open by the end of October.

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  1. Natalie Strange on October 11th, 2017 1:52 pm

    If you’d like to sign up — email me ([email protected]) or use the signup genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4baeaf2ea5f58-poeescape

    Thanks!

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