Engineering of Animation – Thaumatrope –
Thaumatropes were popular toys in the 19th century. They are made of a disc with different images on the two sides. Rotating the disc very fast, the two images “combine” to make one. This happens thanks to the so-called persistence of vision. The animation uses a similar effect to create a video out of a series of frames. Check zoetrope or stroboscope light for more insights!
Create your personal Thaumatrope – one of the first “cinemas” ever invented. Animations and optical illusions are strictly related in this playful experiment.
Our downloadable and printable template (or paper)
Tape / Glue
Cut two circles of the same size out of your paper sheet. Pick a pencil/chopstick and stick one circle on it, firmly, with tape.
Then flip it and glue on the other side the second circle, see the pictures as a guide. Now you are ready to make the magic happen: start to roll your Thaumatrope between your hands and be prepared to amaze everyone with your creation.
Please, share your creations on twitter using the #EngFestSE
We are looking forward to seeing what you’ve created!
Video tutorial can be found HERE
STEM behind it, HERE
At this links you could find your county template in .pdf: