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Students Build Electrifying Costumes!

The Costume Design and Technology students in the Theatre department have been working hard in a special-topics course focusing on electronic and illuminated costumes. Their first project was to build an illuminated vest, powered by a battery and controlled wirelessly with an RF remote. Students Grace Marks and Edouard Ferrel used LED “sequins” to spangle their project with light. The LEDs were attached and circuited with stainless steel thread for a low profile and maximum flexibility. The battery and control module disconnects so the entire garment can be cleaned effectively and safely. In the linked video they are modeling their creations. Our costume students aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and crank up the soldering iron!