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Project Seminar: Special Effects and Event Technology


P- and W-Seminars

<p>Project Seminar: Special Effects and Event Technology</p>

Project Description

hall of a high school in Schongau (Welfen-Gymnasium) and look upwards. The chairs have been laid out for the big band concert that is to be held in the evening by the school together with the Pfaffenwinkel Music School. While the chairs are nothing out of the ordinary, the ceiling of the auditorium is covered with around a thousand LEDs shining in all different colors and illuminating the room with rapidly changing patterns. The installation, which allows each LED to be controlled individually, was designed and assembled for the concert over several months by the three high-school students. In the final days leading up to the event, they then mounted it to the ceiling.

“At the beginning, I had no idea how we were going to manage it,” says Johannes, one of the students from the LED canopy project team. “However, thanks to the good distribution of tasks in our team, one of us always knew how to proceed.” Johannes and his team members did not build the sophisticated illumination feature just for fun, however. Rather, they are participants of the project seminar entitled “Special Effects and Event Technology” at Welfen High School. The LED canopy is one of three challenging projects from the seminar. The goal of the seminar is to plan, implement and supervise a technical effect concept for an event or series of events.

The LED canopy was the second project of the seminar to be implemented in the assembly hall of the school. For the large-scale musical “Emil and the Detectives”, another group of three students had already designed an elaborate digital backdrop, supporting the actors and the musicians in their performance with a combination of projected stage backgrounds and sound effects. 

Similar to the project team for the LED canopy, the last group from the project seminar had also set themselves the goal of creating a lighting effect using LED technology, but this time not for the high school itself but for the Sachsenried Music Band. During many hours of work, a transportable LED wall of almost 3 meters in length was created. It is equipped with an amazing 4000 LEDs which, according to preset programs, react  to ambient noise and, in particular, to music. 

Teacher Simon Batzer, who held and supervised the project seminar, is more than satisfied with the results. “In order to carry out their projects, the students had to acquire many skills from scratch – from the often technically complex construction of supporting structures to soldering their self-designed circuits and programming the effects. Bearing that in mind, all the groups really did a very good job.” Mr. Batzer would also like to express his gratitude to those who supported the project seminar. “Once again, a very big thank you goes to the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation, an outstanding partner in the region that supports our students at the school and that was the main sponsor of this project seminar, too”.

Project details

Topic: P- and W-seminars

Age category: 16 - 18 years

Venue: school

Duration: 1 school year

Participation requirements: None

It is possible for the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation to assume part of the costs for extraordinary projects.