Teachers shown the science behind Durham's Lumiere light festival at Sedgefield science park (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Teachers shown the science behind Durham's Lumiere light festival at Sedgefield science park
TEACHERS have been given a unique insight into an eagerly anticipated light festival that will illuminate a historic city centre next month.
Education professionals from across the region were shown how Durham’s Lumiere festival can be used to inspire pupils during a conference at NETPark in Sedgefield in County Durham.
The aim of the event, which is part of the science park’s Brainwave project, was to get youngsters excited about science, technology, engineering and maths by revealing the science behind the spectacle.
As well as a talk by Helen Marriage, co-director of Artichoke, the organisers of Lumeire, the event featured a workshop with Gina Czarnecki whose installations will be displayed at the festival.
Her innovative work “I” will see detailed scans of festival-goers’ irises being projected onto the façade of the Bill Bryson Library.
Ms Marriage said: “How Lumiere’s artists and designers achieve the stunning effects they create with light is fascinating.
“Whether it is state-of-the-art scanning technology, the maths behind some of our complex rigging projects or something beautifully simple like our Litre of Light campaign, which shows how a simple lightbulb can be made using sunlight refracted through a plastic bottle of water, this year’s programme is full of ideas to inspire and excite budding scientists and engineers.”
Teachers, science park managers and members of Business Durham, Durham County Council’s business gateway, attended the event.
For more information about Lumiere, which takes place in Durham City between November 14 and 17, visit lumiere-festival.com/durham/
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