Final Reflection(Ben Hugh)

Before coming up with any clues for our escape room, our group first scanned through the room to see where we should put the locks and clues. We were clueless at the beginning, but as we started to scan, we realized that there were a lot of things in the room that we could utilize. After choosing whee to set up our locks and clues, we drew out our room on a piece of paper and labeled all our clues.

When the planning was done we started building the materials we needed. The first object we built was a combination lock to use for our first clue. We were able to find a tutorial video on youtube; it seemed pretty easy in the beginning but it took us a month to complete it because every time there was a certain part of the lock that didn’t function correctly. This was probably one of the biggest challenge we faced since it was taking way longer to build than expected. But after a month we were finally able to complete it.

Our original plan was to stick this lock on the bathroom door handle in order for the people to unlock it to go into the bathroom, however, we found out that the lock was too big, so we had to change our plan to create a smaller box to cover the handle box. To adjust to this we had to lock the smaller box with a key and lock the key in the combination lock we created.








The second thing we assembled was a magnetic lock that we ordered off Taobao. The magnetic lock was a DIY kit so we had to connect all the wires and stick it on the door. The instructions were pretty straightforward, so there weren’t much challenge, except the times when the wire was unstable so we had to keep on reconnecting it.

Now I will explain how our clues worked.

  1. The very first clue in our room was for people to look at a beaker that had three layers of liquid and looking for the matching color tea cup plate, then adding all the tealeaves in the teacups by the matching color.
  2. When they added up all the numbers and figured out the numbers, people would look at the order the liquid is layered in and use the same order to unlock the combination lock.
  3. There is a key placed in the lock, and people would use it to unlock the bathroom door.
  4. As people enter the bathroom there will be numbers written on the mirror. Numbers are written in a board marker and a permanent marker, so people had to use a board eraser and overlap the numbers written with the permanent marker to find out a four digit password.
  5. This four digit passcode is used to open a lock and a key is provided to open a tissue box attached to the wall.
  6. In this box there is a Ipad with a piano keyboard and a recording of a certain note. People have to listen the recording and play the note on the keyboard, and look at the piano frequency chart provided to find out what the frequency of that note is, which is used as a passcode for the key of the final door.

STEAM E-Room Reflection-Ben Hugh

First of all, for the past two months of STEAM we had numerous small projects: researching about escape rooms, trying a actual escape room, trying a digital breakout, creating a digital break out, and making a small breakout to test out our clues. Each of these projects were small steps leading to design a actual room escape; our final project.

Our class brainstormed on what theme the escape room should be and chose dark fairytales—Alice the Wonderland as our theme. We divided into three groups and every room had different settings from Alice Wonderland; creating a story/flow. My group chose the tea party, so we used google to search up how the tea party in the story looked like. This really helped us to think of the overview of how our room will look like. We created our clues based on the design of our room. This was really important because if we are unclear about how the tea party looks like, the clues wouldn’t blend in well with the theme. This was the only resource we used, however I think it was really helpful since it created a strong base for us to build on; it created a path for us. I guess google will be the most frequently used resource especially when we need help with our scientific clues.

I feel like the mini projects we did helped us a lot. If we were to start from this project, we would’ve been confused since we won’t know what kind of clues to create, and how to use those clues for different kind of locks. But since we practiced multiple times, we now know which direction we have to go. When we were doing our small projects I kind of thought they were pointless and I didn’t really enjoy doing it. However, now I get why we did those projects; it helped a lot. It is always helpful to know which direction we have to go especially in these kinds of projects.

I think this project is a really unique project. I’ve been to multiple escape rooms with my friends and I’ve enjoyed it every single time. I am excited about the fact of how I actually have a chance to build a escape room to give others enjoyment. It is really cool how we use our creativity to build clues and use different kind of locks to unlock it by using the clues we made. Currently our group is planning to use a magnetic lock, the one’s we see often on doors or gates. I always wanted to know how the lock worked and the way build it; I think this is a great chance to relieve my curiosity. Currently the most frustrating task is to come up with clues that contains all the STEAM factors; it is way more challenging than I thought. I think the only way to overcome this frustration is to keep on repeating the thinking and brainstorming process until a good idea comes up.

I personally think that I am a good collaborator; no matter how good or bad my ideas are, I keep on sharing them so my teammates can also consider my ideas and either add on to it or discard it. When my teammates share their ideas, instead of saying things as simple as “thats good” or “thats bad”, I first think about it and give critical feedbacks and also discuss about it on how those ideas would work.

I’m not really a art person, neither can I design things well. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in the field of designing. I always try my best when designing things, for instance, key notes or making templates for a article; it is always a challenge for me. So through this project, I hope I can improve my eye for designing.

I am not a perfect student but I know that I am a good learner. Even if a task is easy or hard I try my best, and if there is a field that I am weak in, I immediately set goals to improve. Not all the time does the result turnout good, but instead of thinking negatively, I just simply try again until I reach the goal.

For rest of the semester my goal is to master using all five STEAM factors. Currently I am having the most trouble with incorporating science into the clues. Even though I have the knowledge from what I learnt from classes, it is hard to actually use those and combine it with rest of the factors. It would be easy if we were able to make each of the clues by using only one factors. However, since we have to include all five factors, it requires more creativity. My goal in the beginning of the year was to incorporate more technology into our projects. I still do think this is important, but I do have some ideas on what to do: magnetic locks. So I think incorporating science is the harder factor since it requires more creativity.