EYFS units: The Lighting Technician
Resources and activities themed around a STEM job, to build language and understanding around the world of work.
Lighting technicians design the way lights are used in television programmes, films, concerts, in the theatre or to light up buildings, statues or bridges from the outside.
Lighting technicians are:
Observant and look carefully at light and shadows.
Creative in the way they use lights to make people feel happy, sad, frightened or excited.
Collaborative when they work in a team to set up lights for shows, filming and events.
Our EYFS units provide enabling environments with teaching and support from adults. Reflecting on the characteristics of effective teaching and learning, children will have opportunity to learn and develop by:
• playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
• active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
• creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
Taken from Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
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We have designed these STEM focused questions to use alongside the questioning you would usually use when reading a story.
These adult led activities and provocations will support the introduction of the lighting technician career to the children in your setting.
We have included these links to our related STEM at home activities. These could be sent out for families to try at home, or run in school at a family session.
You can download our lighting technician poster to use in your setting.
Lighting technicians design and implement the lighting for live and pre-recorded media events such as concerts, television programmes, films and public events. Lighting is crucial to any production, setting ambiance, mood and style to the event.
The production director of an event decides what they want from the lighting and explains this to the lighting technician. It is the task of the lighting technician to use their creativity to bring that vision to reality.
A lighting technician needs to collaborate with stagehands, riggers and electricians. They set up the configurations of lights which are remotely controlled by a control board. During a production, the lighting technician may need to sit at the board and observe pre-determined cues to set different lighting effects in action. Sequences of effects are often configured with computer programming.
As well as being collaborative, creative and observant, a lighting technician needs to have a good level of personal fitness and endurance, be good at manual work and comfortable with heights!