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!
At this links you could find your county template in .pdf: