Watch these NYU students learn who won the election

Antowan, who said he abstained from voting, learns the result of the presidential election.

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  • Students locked themselves in a room while vote took place
  • One by one they learned the result

New York (CNN)While the rest of America watched the election results roll in on television and online, five New York University students locked themselves in a dorm room and cut themselves off from all forms of technology.

The move was part of a project to record their reactions the minute they learned who would be the next president of the United States.
    "I knew that no matter which way the election was going to go, it was going to be historic," Austin Serio, a sophomore from Connecticut, told CNN as he spoke about his involvement in the project. "To have my own reaction recorded is something I am going to hang on to for the rest of my life, it's something I will be able to show my kids and even my grandkids."
    The experiment, by video producer David Atkinson, required all five participants to spend almost seven hours without access to technology.
    Katie Dolcimascolo, a registered Republican from Ohio who voted for Hillary Clinton, brought a coloring book to help pass away the time. "We talked about everything from politics to Thanksgiving meals," she said. "I volunteered in the Dominican Republic last year so being without technology wasn't so bad."
    Serio, on the other hand, described himself as a "ball of nerves" without any wireless devices, adding, "There was so many times I wanted to turn on my phone to see what the hell was going on."