Helium Frog Animator

Stop motion animation can be an effective way for students (and teachers, for that matter) to demonstrate a phenomenon. It requires some planning, but mostly it requires a thorough understanding of the sequence of events in the process – which is exactly what we are trying to achieve.

I am by no means an expert on stop-motion animation, but I have learned a few techniques – such as onion-skinning – to improve the quality of the end product. My current stop-motion software of choice is the Helium Frog Animator. This is free software for Windows that seems to have all the necessities, and several luxuries as well.

I don’t have any sample videos to show at the moment, but I will post some when I can. In the meantime, I am curious to see what others might be doing with stop motion animation in the science classroom.

4 thoughts on “Helium Frog Animator

  1. Frank Noschese

    Stop animation is a project I keep meaning to do with my students. I think stop animation would be great for animating energy pie (or bar) charts over time, animating static electricity demos, circuits, and wave phenomena.

    Thank you for mentioning Helium Frog. I am familiar with Sam Animation. I was creately specifically for students to use in the classroom. It used to be free (plus they had a web-based option with no download), but now it’s download only for a small fee.

    Dale Baseler did some stop motion projects on acceleration with his students a few years ago.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Ann Pesta

    I am going to try stop motion animation with my 8th grade students this week. We have 20 little diagrams with the progression of plate movement from 190mya to present day. I dont know if you are even online anymore, but figured it wouldnt hurt to share how I plan to use the stop motion idea with my students.

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    1. ed Post author

      I would love to hear how it turns out. I just had my grade 10 students do stop-motion animations of mitosis, which were a lot of fun to watch.

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