By Kevin Woodhouse
The MacDonald High Robotics team fundraises about $20,000 every year in order for the club to build their projects, create a video, magazine, display booth and website. Besides raising funds in the community with activities like bagging groceries, the team used their love of zombies and the Walking Dead program to create a Zombie Apocalypse walk that will turn the grounds of the school, inside and out, into a war zone overrun by the undead in an event taking place this Saturday.
Ted Duckworth and Allan Dornan, educators at Mac High and staff reps for the Robotics team, put the event on last year with the team and many volunteers, creating a huge maze where participants can try to outwit the legions of zombies patrolling the school, searching for delicious brains.
“When the kids do something, they always go the extra mile as we have themes for our projects such as the Ghostbusters and Back to The Future films for inspiration in years past,” Duckworth told The Suburban.
For example, last year the team made a high-end video complete with blue screen effects as well as redesigning a Jeep into a time traveling vehicle or adding light saber effects for a Star Wars based themed project.
So it was a logical step to go “the extra mile for the fundraiser since we got professional makeup artists, army trucks and about 50 zombie volunteers,” said Duckworth who was supervising students aging and bloodying clothes that the zombies were going to wear for this Saturday.
The objective of the walk is to make it through the school unscathed and try to get to the government’s quarantine zone following a zombie outbreak. “Every single hallway has been rigged and the school will look apocalyptic,” said Duckworth.
Some volunteers donate cars for the event and don’t be surprised if there are a few zombies strapped in seat belts but still hungry for human flesh. Since throwing a fun scare into people is the objective, the Robotics team knows they are on to something since in last year’s inaugural event, “dozens of people stopped from finishing the tour out of fear.”
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