Inspired by the most recent Sony Bravia commercial, I decided to have my physics students create stop-motion videos for a Halloween themed project.
Students were asked to create a video that:
- was at least ten seconds
- contained at least two seconds of constant acceleration
- had a Halloween theme
I gave the students a handout with a time line, guidelines, rubric and some suggestions for a successful project. Students created the videos using Windows Movie Maker and uploaded them to Brightcove.tv (YouTube is blocked at our school). I used Jing to provide students with screencasts that explained how to use Movie Maker and Brightcove.tv.
After the videos were created, students used a video analysis program (LoggerPro) to analyze and confirm the acceleration.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I assigned this project but I was truly shocked by all of the amazing videos that my students produced.
Here is an example:
See all the videos here.