Traditional Animation

Everyone loves toon time! Computers rule much of today’s animated world, but how were cartoons first created? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby explain the basic principles behind traditional animation! Starting with basic flip-book animation, Tim and Moby discuss the development of stop-motion cameras, the importance of film speed in maintaining the illusion of motion, what an animation cel is. See how still images shown rapidly in sequence can trick your eyes and brain into believing you’re watching a moving image! You’ll also learn the differences between traditional animation, limited animation of the 1960s, and computer-generated animation of today. This movie is sure to draw you in!

Energy Technology and Science Industries Lesson Plan: STEM Careers of the Future

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students will analyze a slideshow of the 10 best careers of the future. Students will use BrainPOP and other internet resources to research one of these careers, or design their own career based upon the most pressing 21st century needs identified in the slideshow. Each student will create an individual slide and description based on his or her selected career to create a collaborative slideshow about STEM careers of the future. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

STEM Skills Lesson Plan: STEM to the Rescue!

In this lesson plan that is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP and other online resources to research a science, engineering, or technology topic, and create a digital public service announcement to raise awareness of the topic. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »