U of M offers student-designed light show

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Join the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering over the next few weekends in December for a dazzling light show designed by students. The high-tech light show, titled “Illumination,” is bigger and better this year featuring more than 100,000 LED lights, 400 individual controllable lights and 450 microcontrollers.

The show is set to music composed and performed by University of Minnesota students for a 3D outdoor experience.

The CSE Winter Light Show Premiere event is Friday, Dec. 7, with shows at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Civil Engineering Building Plaza, 500 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis. Each show will last about 20 minutes.

The light show is presented by the Tesla Works student group with support from Radio K. The show is sponsored by CenterPoint Energy and the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.

A Premiere Party, hosted by the student group MinnesoTap, begins at 5 p.m. and will include dance, demonstrations, and interactive exhibits by various student groups in Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. SE, Minneapolis.

All events are free and open to the public. Stop by the event before the Gopher women’s basketball game or wrestling match.

The light show features the technical and creative skills of University of Minnesota science and engineering students and their ability to have fun on campus—even in the winter.

The music for this year’s light show was composed and performed by students from across campus. Student composers include:

  • Electronic Piece: Written by Chris Roebber (Carlson School of Management)
  • Electronic Piece #2: Written by Devin Vollmer (College of Science and Engineering)
  • Jazz Piece: Written by Riley Helgeson (College of Liberal Arts)
  • Orchestral Piece: Written by Nate Buck (College of Science and Engineering)
  • Piano Piece: Written by Kellen Parkinson (College of Liberal Arts)

Preceding the CSE Winter Light Show Premiere event, the Science and Engineering Student Board (SESB) is hosting a “Freezin’ for a Reason” 5K Run. Proceeds from the 5K and sales of food and glow sticks at the light show will be donated to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

After the kick-off event on Friday, Dec. 7, the show will run at 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. as follows (depending on weather and attendance):

  • Saturday, Dec. 8
  • Thursday, Dec. 13
  • Friday, Dec. 14
  • Saturday, Dec. 15
  • Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Friday, Dec. 21

For parking options and other details, visit Illumination 2012.

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