Zoetropes for our last Sci-Fri

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Today, our last Sci-Fri-day, we made zoetropes. Zoetropes are devices that use motion and light to give the illusion of a “moving picture”, a precursor to early cinema. To read more about zoetropes click HERE.

a picture of a real zoetrope

a real zoetrope

To create our zoetropes we used a circular piece of cardboard for the base and created spinning rod using a drinking straw with rubber bands to hold it in place.

construction our zoetropes

construction our zoetropes

Then, we cut out our zoetrope strips. We could use a horse pattern that would give the illusion of a horse galloping, or we could create our own set of “moving pictures”.

cutting out the galloping horse zoetrope strip

cutting out the galloping horse zoetrope strip

To create the illusion of movement, we spun the straw using our palms and looked through the slits in our zoetrope’s strips to see the image.

the finished product

the finished product

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This was our last Sci-Fri day but there are LOTS of COOL activities planned for the spring.

Drop in, see what’s new, & pick up a spring program!

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