CUT N' LEARN - Stop Motion Kits for Science Animations
CUT N' LEARN - Stop Motion Kits for Science Animations
Let your kids see the wonderful side of science while creating spectacular animations and let them learn STEM topics through playing
Let your kids see the wonderful side of science while creating spectacular animations and let them learn STEM topics through playing Read more
About this project
NOTE: You can find the complimentary DIY Running Cheetah Zoetrope Animation Kit at the bottom part of this page!
Children are fascinated about movie making and animation creation which gives the idea to integrate stop motion animation into Science education. We provide ready-to-go animation kits to children, with which they can create spectacular animations in a very short time, within 30 minutes.
With the help of these Stop Motion Science kits, children can learn about different science topics while they animate and have fun without even realizing that they are learning. The kits contain all the necessary elements, scientific explanations and an innovative stop motion app with a built in image stabilization system allowing kids to snap pictures from hand, instead of using a holder, eliminating one of the pain points of stop motion.
The animation kit consists of one background, two 9-phase characters, two time rulers for different ball speeds and two vertical elevation rulers for ball trajectory.
Animation time: 30 minutes, Number of frames: 28.
What does it teach? By making the animation children seamlessly learn about the coordinate system, gravity, projectile motion and time units. Using the included rulers along with the how-to guide, they can create realistic ball movement and learn the concept of defining an object's position with coordinates. When they know it inside out, challenge them to create custom rulers and see how the ball flies!
The animation kit consists of one background, one 3-phase character and a positioning dial.
Animation time: 20 minutes, Number of frames: 30.
What does it teach? By making the animation children seamlessly learn about periodic motion, projection and energy. Using the included position dial, they can create realistic swing movement and learn the concept of defining an object's position with coordinates as well as how circular motion can be converted into linear by following the position dot's horizontal projection.
One cannot start their engineering career soon enough. Get familiar with the mechanism of the combustion engine and energy cycles.
The animation kit consists of one background, two 3-phase valves, one 2-phase spark plug, one flywheel, one piston, one connecting rod and colored beads representing fuel mixture, ignited mixture and fumes.
Animation time: 40 minutes, Number of frames: 60.
What does it teach? By making the animation children seamlessly learn the parts of an engine and the main phases of its operation, the energy cycle. They can add custom captions using pieces of paper and some cutout arrows.
Let’s have a closer look at the human heart! Learn about the structure and function of the heart while animating blood flow.
The kit contains 3-phase right and left ventricles, 3-phase right and left atria, two hinged atrioventricular valves, 3-phase aorta and pulmonary arteries, blue and red confetti representing the deoxygenated and oxygenated blood
Animation time: 30-35 minutes, Number of frames: 15.
What does it teach? By making the animation children seamlessly learn the shapes and names of the parts of the human heart and the main phases of its operation. The animation additionally helps to understand topics such as blood pressure, pulse, the function of lungs and the function of valves in general.
A spectacular way of presenting and understanding the water cycle. Animate evaporation, clouds and rain to create a science video.
The kit contains a 15-phase cloud, a 5-phased sun, a thunderbolt and blue and white confetti representing evaporation and precipitation.
Animation time: 35-40 minutes, Number of frames: 45.
What does it teach? By making the animation children get to know the basic process of movement of water on Earth. The animation touches topics such as formation of clouds, evaporation, precipitation (rain in particular), thunderstorm and runoff. For more advanced activities use custom parts to add evapotranspiration, sublimation and plant uptake.
See the relativity of motion. Create a superb 3D animation to understand the acceleration and uniform motion of a car.
The kit contains 1 folding car, 2 trees, 1 animation background with rails, 2 skyscraper strip, 2 facade strip, 1 carriageway with footpath, 2 strips of road marking.
Animation time: 30 minutes, Number of frames: 30.
What does it teach? By making the animation children touch topics such as acceleration, uniform motion and get to know the parallax effect commonly used in animation to add depth as well as they can learn how to design a custom folding car to add to this animation. They can make pedestrians, cyclists, dogs or even a hot air balloon to customize the animation.
This animation shows why the Moon shows us its same face all the time and how planets circulate in the universe.
The kit contains one folding Earth, one folding Moon, one marked stand for each celestial body, three parts for the 3D background.
Animation time: 25-30 minutes, Number of frames: 30
What does it teach? By making the animation children will see how the Earth and Moon move in space, what is the full moon to full moon period, why we see only one face of the Moon, what causes the day and night cycle, what are and why are there time zones. To add Sun to the animation, use a simple spot light and observe the shadows and highlights to learn about solar and lunar eclipse.
How Does It Work?
The step-by-step guide helps you set up the scenes and guides you along the creation process. Every row belongs to a frame. According to the numbers you can find the right characters and place them to the right position. If everything is set, just snap a picture and go on to the next row.
From pedagogical point of view this gives a perfect base for further science studies. For example a simple animation with a girl swinging on the playground is made with the help of a rotating disk. Children can deeply understand the connection of swinging motion and rotational movement. This way they learn about harmonic motion, projection and energy without having to know the schoolbook physics behind it.
The Science Card
The kits also contain science cards which are for your children. They are child friendly explanations about the specific science topics and can be easily customized. Cut out the figures from the given sheet and glue them to the back of the science card. Kids can collect these cards, put them together and have their own encyclopedia.
Stop Motion For Teaching Science? Absolutely!
Since stop motion animation is a sequence of still images, it is the best way to deeply analyse a process and develop a solid understanding of it by observing the little changes between the frames.
On top, stop motion technique develops a bunch of skills you wouldn't think of at a first glance. Here's couple of them:
If you back our project now, you can save from $5 - $400 compared to our estimated future retail prices.
Shipping information: for our Kickstarter backers we provide free shipping worldwide. For European orders we will deliver from Europe, therefore no additional fees will occur!
But What's Unique Here?
We took an extensive amount of time to study how stop motion is utilized at schools and at home.
We found that the long process of setting up a scene cutting, coloring the parts can be tedious for children as well as teachers find it hard to fit the whole activity into one lesson's time. That's why we design kits that already have the needed parts along with an instruction on how to assemble and carry out the recording. The scene design guaranties perfect placement of the objects, step-by-step instructions ensure smooth, realistic movements, while science cards add the knowledge background.
Another issue we identified is a technical one – how to rig the camera to make sure it doesn’t move while the children create the animation. To address this problem we developed visual image stabilization that will ensure consistent scene positioning even if the photos are taken from slightly different angles and distances.
With your help we will be able to increase the number of our science kits from 7 to 30! We have early prototypes for electric circuits, planetary system, running animals, dinosaurs, continent migration, volcanism and much more - all waiting to get into a box after our successful campaign.
Your contribution will also help us to extend Cut 'N Learn with a story-telling product line with fairy tale and historic characters.
Complimentary DIY Running Cheetah Zoetrope Animation Kit - DOWNLOAD NOW
The PDF file contains all the cutout parts you'll need along with the steps required to assemble.
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We wish you a good time with your kids tinkering!
Risks and challenges
We carefully designed the kits to work in both home and classroom environments, but we still have some question marks left regarding production, such as choosing materials and finding the best print quality for an affordable cost so as we can keep our prices as low as possible even after the campaign.
The Cut 'N Learn app is already in a release state on Windows, Chrome and Android, and we are challenged now to develop it for iOS, but we are confident that the apps will be ready by the end of the campaign.
We’re ready to start the mass production as soon as the campaign ends and will notify our backers of the delivery date or changes should any occur. We'll be happy to help you with any inquiry and keen to support your needs.
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