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MakerSpace: Quick and Easy Stop Motion Movies

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As part of our ongoing development of Maker Mondays, I decided to add a Stop Motion station near our Lego station this past Monday. While working at Betty Warmack Branch Libary (Grand Prairie, TX), I learned just how much tweens and teens like making stop motion movies or .GIFs. A little station fit in really well with the Maker Mondays concept at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). Here’s what I included:

1. A Backdrop/Background

You can make a quick and easy background using an acrylic sign holder and some paper. Since we are in the midst of a super hero themed SRC, I made a city skyline and added word bubbles that could be easily added and changed.

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2. Simple Instructions

At the most basic level, all you need to make a short stop motion movie – or a GIF – is a smartphone. Most of the tweens and teens who have come to Maker Mondays have had these on hand so I put instructions together based on this. I am a big fan of the Giffer app, but you can also use a variety of other stop motion apps. A simple search of the app store produces a variety of choices. Because most of the apps cost a nominal fee, I tend to use the library iPad to help teens make the movies and share them on social media so they can access them.

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3. These Books

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These books are also part of our Maker Collection and one of our Circulating Maker Kits.

MakerSpace Notes:

My Original Mobile Makerspace (the text below)
My Updated Mobile Makerspace
MakerSpace Tech Tools Comparison Chart
The Unboxing and Learning Curve
Exploring Circulating Maker Kits and Circulating Maker Kits part 2 with a Book List
The Maker Bookshelf/Collection (with a book list)
Strawbees part 1 and part 2
Things I Learned Visiting the Cincinnati MakerSpace: Fun with Buttons! Edition
Creating and Using an iPad Lab in Your Library
Take 5: 5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace
Take 5: The Robot Test Kitchen Reading List
Thoughts on Our First Maker Mondays

Stop Motion Notes:

Giffer App Review
First Kiss

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