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Blackfen School for Girls

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Junior Ready Steady Light Competition at Rose Bruford College

.Junior Ready Steady Light is a one day lighting design competition hosted by Rose Bruford College...

Junior Ready Steady Light Competition at Rose Bruford College

Junior Ready Steady Light is a one day lighting design competition hosted by Rose Bruford College. Students partake in a carousel of practical and theoretical mini-lectures lead by industry professionals until dusk when the final competition really begins as each team lights their allocated site!  Two prizes were up for grabs the main prize being for Design and the other for Collaboration.  Judged by industry professionals, teams compete to win the opportunity to re-light a famous landmark in the UK, last year it was The National Theatre on London’s Southbank.

The competition was initiated just 5 years ago to raise awareness of careers in the creative industries that are not always considered to be a potential and employable pathway such as Lighting Design, Lighting Programming, Video Projection, Production Electrician, Technical Manager and Architectural Lighting to name a few.

The competition was a culmination of a series of STEAM workshops that the Year 8 student team participated in and then put their knowledge into practice as they competed against other schools lighting an architectural site within the Rose Bruford campus.  The three workshops included sessions on Technology and Light, Engineering and Light and Maths and Light.  The students were surprised when they were handed a protractor to measure their angle of light as they had not realised the maths aspect to lighting!

Our team of four Year 8 students were given a site of a natural walkway to light to show the contrast between artificial and natural textures. They had to consider how to use light effectively and with purpose in the space, justify what they were trying to show and why they chose each individual light.  As sunset approached the team planned out their design in detail.  With a maximum of 6 lights to use they had to pay careful attention to their brief and also to work well as a team ensuring a good working environment.

The judging panel consisted of an industry professional, an academic and a student from Rose Bruford with parents and carers invited to attend the awards ceremony.  Once all sites were visited by the judges the team nervously awaited the results.  Blackfen School for Girls were awarded the Collaborative Prize for justifying their design, teamwork and a good working environment!  We were narrowly pipped at the post for the design prize by 0.3 of a point!

I would like to congratulate the four students who took part Millie Carter P3, Francesca Lee B7, Amy Li P6 and Baileigh Wedderburn Y5 for their hard work and effort on a very long day but successful day.