Hallo! I am excited to share a new Tinker Crate with you today - the Zoetrope!
This is the third crate that the good people at Kiwi Crate sent us to play with (see reviews of the DC motor here and the Biomechanical Hand here). This month's theme was Animation.
Here's what was in this issue of Tinkerzine: some biology (persistence of vision),
and some devices and activities that illustrate the principles of perception and animation. Here is a thaumatrope - you may have spun these on a stick like this, or on a string as a spinning disk. We even did an electric version of it in the DC motor kit. At the back of the magazine were discs to cut out to make our own thaumatropes.
Here is a flip book -
we cut apart the page full of frames and made one.
Here's a page on using modern technology to make a stop-motion movie.
Blueprints were included to build a zoetrope, which is a pre-animation machine with slits through which you can view a series of slightly-different frames, which your brain then knits together in a continuous motion.
Here's what came in the kit to build the zoetrope:
There were 7 different "movies", and some blank frames to make our own.
The instructions, as always, were wonderful - clear and easy-to-follow.
Jenna worked with me on this project. She's 9, which is the lower limit of the suggested age range for Tinker Crates. I am happy to say that she loved it and had no difficulty following the instructions to put the zoetrope together.
Here's a shot of the ball-bearing (we were given marbles) mechanism that allowed the zoetrope to spin fast, and smoothly.
We loaded the film strip with frames,
spun the zoetrope,
Disclaimer: We were given this crate in exchange for an honest review; all opinions shared here are our own.