Animating the Whole Classroom

Animating the Whole Classroom

One of my favorite anecdotal stories around the use of our tool in the classroom was one that involved the solar system, and there were actually two separate movies created from the project.  The first project was implemented on the desktop, where all students were assigned a planet and had to move the planets according to their natural speed in the solar system.  This first video involved some Styrofoam balls, yarn, and scaled speeds reflecting the movement of planets in the real solar system (see below).

Well, this particular classroom decided to spice things up a bit and create a life sized solar system, mounting the camera on the ceiling in the room and assigning the students various sizes of large balls – kickballs, basketballs – and running in and out of the camera viewing circle to slowly move the planets through the orbit.  This application in life-size form is certainly something we hadn’t seen implemented regularly in the classroom before and turns out it was a phenomenal hit with the students!

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