A SPECTACULAR student-driven project will shine a light not only on the Town Hall, but on science and its many elements this Friday night.
The sound and light show, reminiscent of White Night, has been designed by Daylesford College's Year 8 science and visual communication design students.
This year marks the 150th year of the periodic table and so students have celebrated the milestone by creating stories of each element. The stories range from concern about the climate crisis to the value of metals, mercury poisoning and the impact of uranium mining on Indigenous communities.
The students have been working on the project since term 2, when they began studying light and sound curriculum in science class and learnt how to create a GIF in visual communication class.
Each student researched an element, learnt the language of sound and light waves and then used all of this knowledge to tell a story through film and music.
Science teacher Eirinn Taylor came up with the idea last year as a way to deliver the curriculum to the students in a creative way.
She said students learnt resilience when learning how to use the editing program, that was challenging at times, with many students mentoring and assisting others.
Ms Taylor also learnt how to edit and put together the night's projection.
"I am very proud of the students' efforts and my colleagues, Liz Woodroofe and Craig Frankland.
We have produced a grand show - a light and sound extravaganza.Eirinn Taylor
"I love my job. I have fun with my students. Studies support that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning."
Freddie Hadingham made a clip about Neodymium and said he loved working on the project as it made everybody get involved with science.
He learnt it is dumped in the environment in many places, mainly by petrol-producing industries.
"It can also enter the environment when household equipment is thrown away. Neodymium will gradually accumulate in soils and water soils and this will eventually lead to increasing concentrations in humans, animals and soil particles," he said.
Asha Loft also made a clip for the show and will be helping out on the night.
"I think that the way of learning about the elements was fun because it was more hands-on and less written work also we were able to show our work and have an exciting presentation of it," she said.
Student bands will play at the event and will make a tribute to the climate strikers.
The show will take place on September 20 from 6.30pm at Vincent Street. The street will be blocked to traffic to create a festival vibe.
People are encouraged to rug up, bring a chair and support the local businesses. The show will still be on even if it rains.
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