Students, companies benefit from interdisciplinary projects at Learning Factory

Sean Avery grants tours at the STEM-based escape room themed “hidden figures.”

Qisheng Ding admits building a portable escape room on the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center is a little out of his comfort zone. He's a senior majoring in materials science and engineering, so the concept of building a storyline, developing computer coding, wiring lights and other electronics -- all housed in a rented tent -- was foreign to him. So was working with a team of other engineers outside of his field.