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Vineland’s First Escape Room Opens at Cumberland County College

Friday, March 17, 2017
Members of Cumberland County College’s Math and Engineering Club were busy putting the finishing touches on a project that put their combined talents to the test (a project that would also challenge members of the community) as the "Escape the Space Shuttle" Escape Room was set to open at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 20 in the lobby of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

engineer students group selfieAn escape room is a unique, interactive adventure game in which teams of players use clues, solve puzzles or complete missions within a set time limit that will enable them to escape the locked room. Escape rooms are a worldwide phenomenon that are gaining popularity in the United States.

“The students have been engaged in designing the Escape Room for the last several months,” said Majid Noori, professor of Engineering and Physics. “Its construction began on March 10.”

Students say the project has provided them with an opportunity to collaborate and network.

Jose Rosado, a Cumberland County College alumnus who is attending Temple University, designed the CAD blueprint for the room which was constructed, from the floor up, using building materials purchased with club funds and donations.

“This has been a fun way for members of our club to incorporate skills we have learned in the classroom,” said engineering major Cassandra Rodriguez. “We have been able to work as a team outside of the classroom while using our different strengths to build the puzzles.”

engineering students work on puzzleThe club members hope to attract participants whom “consider themselves overly clever.” And if successful, the supreme puzzle-solvers will gain the ultimate bragging rights.

The “Escape the Space Shuttle” challenge runs until Friday, March 31. Available time slots can be viewed at: cccnjescaperoom.wordpress.com  Entry tickets are $5 for high school and college students with valid ID; tickets for all others are $8. Before scheduling an appointment, be sure to have a group of at least four participants.