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Suomi 100 Escape room

Hi, Chloe here. Last year I was working as a teacher in northern Finland where I created and led the construction of a fully-functioning escape room.


Design a project to celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence and attract prospective students to Kalajoen lukio (a high school in a small, rural town).


History feels more relevant and engaging when we experience it in an interactive way. Kalajoen lukio is a school known only for teaching from textbooks - we want to change that. 


Build an educational escape room, open to the general public.

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making the idea a reality

Step 1:

Secure funding from the local council in order to rent out and decorate an empty space.


Step 2:

Design the room. 

I decided to split it into six sections based upon key parts of Finnish history:

  • The formation of Helsinki

  • The Right to Vote

  • Tsar Alexander II's reign

  • The Finnish Civil War

  • The presidency of Urho Kekkonen

  • Joining the EU

Step 3:

Build walls for each of these sections.

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Step 4:

Craft, craft, craft.

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Step 5:

Advertise the room in the run-up to its launch (through various social media channels).

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Step 6:

Open up Suomi 100 Escape Room to the general public.

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Step 7:

Make people wish they were there.

Step 8:

Get fully booked up with 70 groups and enjoy rave reviews.

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Step 9:

Win an award for Rieska Leader's top youth project of the year.

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Step 10:

Sleep well - because making an escape room ain't easy!

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