Get Animated

Objective
Explore the concept of the persistence of vision and explore the relationship between frames and time. 

Activity Idea
Make short animated projects using freeware

Materials & Equipment
Flipbooks (samples)
Sam Animation freeware
Laptop computer
Webcam
Basic recycled materials e.g. Bottle Caps, Paper Cups, yogurt containers, foil

Activity Steps
1.  Explore the concept of persistence of vision by flipping through the flipbooks provided at your table. 
What do you notice? 
How would you explain the phenomenon?
2.  Using the material provided and the freeware – Sam Animation, create several short animations with your group.  For your animations, follow these storylines: 
•    Two unlikely recycled objects meet, interact and leave
•    An object  “walks in” turns or transforms in a simple way and leaves
•    An object moves across the table and falls of the side of the table
3.  Everyone should take turns moving the objects and using the software to capture frames.
4.  Experiment with the frame rate to determine how the rate affects the animated effect.
5.  Share your animations!

Debrief
•    What did you see happening in your groups?
•    How well did your group work together? What about when there were disagreements?
•    What were the discoveries?
•    What conclusions were drawn?

Persistence of Vision. Persistence of vision is an aspect of human perception. The brain retains an image cast on the retina for a length of time after the actual image is removed. This allows the second image to be projected while the first image is still being 'seen'. The persistence of vision only kicks in when the rate of projection is fast enough.