"WE MAKE IT! YOU ESCAPE IT" DESIGN PROJECT - Next Edition!

 

WHAT IS IT?

A group of kids, young and old, built a real escape room experience for kids in October 2017 for the East Bay Mini Maker Faire. It was called "We Build It You Escape It: Haunted Edition" and it was a blast!  Check out pictures on our project/blog page).  We're ready to design and build the next edition as a permanent escape experience inside the Maker Lab.  We need designers and builders to learn and help!

WHEN?

We can get started after school, weekends or this summer!

WHO CAN JOIN?

Anyone can help!  We need serious 'escape artists:' high school grades, middle schoolers, elementary ages., even adults! Kids 1st grade and over welcome! Everyone will have something to learn and contribute!

HOW WILL IT WORK?  VIRTUALLY!!!!

We can do this!  A combination of online collaboration and at-home building.  Ms. Papini will coach through the process.  Parents will drop off sections and segments designed by kids at the Maker Lab parking lot.

We will build separately until we know we can enjoy it safely!  SUMMER?  FALL?

The number of regularly attending designers and builders who join us, as well as their experience and commitment, will set the tone for how fancy our materials and user experience will be. Hopefully we will go beyond cardboard with plywood, electronics and elements such as:

  • real locks, doors and hinges

  • secret doorways 

  • motion sensors

  • moving parts or light and sound affects

Each week will feature a different goal and lesson, pretty much like this: 

Week 1: Plan and design the them with story boards, brainstorm puzzles and special affects

Week 2:  Assign room leaders and groups and begin materials prep and user-experience layout

Week 3-5:  Start building and painting framework and creating room decor, furniture and props.

Week 6-7: Develop user experience props and prompts such as maps, locks, hints and signs.

Week 8: Testing, troubleshooting and redesign where needed

WHAT DOES IT COST?

This will depend on a customized class designed for a small group of same age peers, how often the designer can meet, the level of virtual help needed.

THEN WHAT?

Prepare for an amazing experience! Let's see where it takes us! Another new edition? A bigger escape experience! The sky's the limit!

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