Recently, SWITCH (Salmon Public Library’s STEM programming) visited the Pioneer Elementary School 5th Grade class in their year commitment to a Power of Hour of STEM each and every day during their last hour.
Where we last left you was the students first created Foam stamp creations to adorn thank you cards to the Pork Peddler for allowing us to host trivia in support of this program. We then took those stamps and utilized them as creative constraints to construct short graphic novels based on random themes. In this final week before the holiday break we took it one step further, convert your graphic novel into a stop motion animated movie!
Often producers use storyboards to convey the larger sense of how they want a movie to act/function/tell its story. Good thing, we already had that part done. Now time to shoot individual photos and put them all together, interpreting our story into moving pictures. Students learned about fps (frames per second), how much work goes into animated movies, whether it be Disney classics or recent phenomena like LEGO movie. We’re looking forward to showing off some of their creations!
Take a look at some highlights of the students creating their scenes (backdrops) and filming their movies.