Copyright (C) 2011 Harrisburg Section, Created by Christopher Levan
The Nittany Lights event began in 2006. Held every two years, the event is a chance for professionals and students to interact in an educational yet fun manner.
On Friday evening, we will have a tradeshow for the sponsor, which includes manufactures and design firms.
On Saturday, everyone gathers in the morning and will be divided into teams of a mixture of students and professionals. Each team is assigned a portion of campus and has the morning to develop a concept/theme and figure out how and where they want to place the light to reinforce that concept. After some pizza, we "auction" off the light fixtures to the teams (hundreds of donated lights). Teams will then have the afternoon to mock-up their ideas. We have color gel's and other supplies available and each team receives $50 to purchase additional items. We host a nice meal after which each team presents their concepts to the group.
Sunday morning is clean-up.
The students get to learn how important good concepts are and how to use light to reinforce those concepts. They also get some hands-on experience and can learn from the professionals. The professionals get a chance to think beyond budgets, maintenance, codes, etc. and get back to the fun, creative side of lighting. Often the professionals realize how narrow minded they have become when the unrestricted students start developing concepts.