Photography - Stop Motion

Stop motion (stop frame) animation is a technique that makes objects appear to move on their own. The objects are moved in small increments between individual photographs. The photographs are then put together into a movie to give the appearance of motion. Stop-motion animation is particularly useful in learning processes in math and science. The student must first think deeply about the process that is to be animated, and then must break it down into small steps for the purpose of creating the movie. Students upload their animations into a collaborative cloud-based folder where the teacher can assess their understanding of the processes they are animating. The following are a few ideas.

  • Purchase a cell-phone document camera like the one shown, or a cell phone tripod
  • Download a stop motion App
  • Construct a stop-motion movie to tell a science story.
  • Label the video with topic and your name in this fashion: Topic (Name).
  • Upload your video to the the appropriate folder.
  • Also upload it into your Youtube account.
  • Examples of ideas to make stop motion video.
    • protein synthesis
    • mitosis
    • meiosis
    • gel electrophoresis
    • food web
    • water cycle
    • mineral cycles
    • rock cycle
    • subduction & volcano formation
    • continental drift
    • orbits of the planets
    • propagation of waves
    • chemical bond formation