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Student-designed winter light shows begin Dec. 6 at the University of Minnesota

Show is bigger and better than last year

December 2, 2013

Join the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering over the next two 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 CSE Winter Light Show Premiere event is Friday, Dec. 6, with shows at 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 p.m. on the Civil Engineering Building Plaza, 500 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis. Each show will last about 15 minutes. A Premiere Party begins at 4:30 p.m. and will include student entertainment in Rapson Hall, Room 100, 89 Church St. SE, Minneapolis.

Lights will surround the semi-circular Civil Engineering Plaza synchronized to music composed and performed by University of Minnesota students for a 360-degree sensory outdoor experience. New features this year include a giant 22-foot lighted tree, an 8-foot 3D snowman sign, and an 8-foot-by-6-foot lighted M.

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

All events are free and open to the public.

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

  • Saturday, Dec. 7

  • Thursday, Dec. 12

  • Friday, Dec. 13

  • Saturday, Dec. 14

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