Can You Create Scary Stories Using 3Doodler & HUE Animation Studio?
In this activity, students will use either a 3Doodler or a 3D printer to create scary characters. These characters will then be used in a stop-motion video, adding an element of creativity and technology to the STEM challenge. This STEM challenge allows students to combine their creativity with technology to learn hands-on skills in design, animation, and video editing, while also fostering teamwork.
Computer for programming and video editing
Optional: Green screen or backdrop for video recording
Step 1: Introduction to Stop-Motion
Begin by explaining what stop-motion animation is and how it works.
Show examples of stop-motion videos to inspire creativity and generate excitement.
Step 2:Use Scary Story Worksheet to Plan Out Stories
Divide the students into small groups and provide them with the necessary materials.
Use the Scary Story Worksheet for students to plan out their stories. This is where they will develop their story line and get ideas for their characters.
Step 3: Brainstorm Scary Character Ideas
Have students work with their group and engage in a brainstorming session to generate ideas for scary characters they would like to create. Encourage them to think outside the box and use their imagination. Have each group use the Character planning portion of the Scary Story Worksheet to design their characters.
Step 4: Design and Create Scary Characters & Scenes
If using a 3Doodler, demonstrate how to use the pen and provide guidance on creating the characters.
If using a 3D printer, guide the students through the design and printing process using appropriate software.
Use any prompts to design story scene elements. Gather al materials for each scene.
Step 5: Filming the Stop-Motion Video
Set up a designated area for filming the stop-motion video. If possible, use a green screen or backdrop to create a professional-looking background.
Each group can take turns filming their scenes, moving the characters slightly between each frame to create animation.
Encourage students to experiment with different camera angles and lighting techniques for added creativity.
Step 6: Editing the Video
Once the filming is complete, students can transfer the video files to a computer and use stop-motion video software to edit and compile the scenes.
They can add sound effects, background music, and titles to enhance the final video.
Note: If your students want to take their videos to another level they can upload them into a free video editing software such as Pictory and make a few more advanced edits.
Step 7: Presentation and Evaluation
Allow each group to present their stop-motion video to the class. This can be done by projecting the videos on a screen or sharing them digitally.
After each presentation, encourage students to discuss the creative aspects and problem-solving techniques used in their projects.
Evaluate the videos based on creativity, execution, and overall engagement in the STEM challenge.
Note: You may want to allow students to vote on the best video product or storyline.
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