Photo Courtesy of Matt Schmiedl

An escape room team failed to solve the puzzles before time expired at a

recent escape excursion in the Rec Center.


September 18th, 2017

Viking Escape offers students a unique, enjoyable way to learn

The Cleveland State University Recreation Center created, “Viking Escape,” an escape room program, as a unique and fun way to teach and learn teamwork, leadership and risk management.

“Viking Escape” is the brainchild of Michelle Rieger and Matt Schmiedl who — over the past two years — have developed and cultivated the final product that is being offered to students and student organizations along with non-Cleveland State affiliates.

“We don’t want our students to have to sit in a classroom and listen to seminars about leadership or risk management, we’d rather have them actively do it” Rieger said.

The “Viking Escape” program began when Cleveland State hosted a recreation conference, but wanted to give attendees a chance to have fun. Since then, Cleveland State Rec Services have taken it on the road to several other conferences. Kent State University, Akron University, and The Ohio State University have also come to Cleveland State to test the program and try to beat the clock.

Rieger and Schmiedl have developed puzzles and problem solving situations that require leadership, risk management, professional development and communication to escape the room in time.

“Viking Escape” offers 60-minute or 90-minute sessions at a cost that students may find more palatable than the commercial escape rooms that have become popular in area. 60-minute sessions start at just $12 per student and 90-minute sessions are $15 per student.

To book a session, contact Michelle Rieger (216) 802-3258 or Matt Schmiedl at (216) 802-3251.


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