Newton’s Laws in Claymation by Three Creative Teens

When I visited my cousin last week, his daughter Neeka Mashouf (age 13) and two of her classmates (Nicole Bronstein and Sydney Schonefeld) were deeply engaged in creating a stop-motion animation film for a class project, complete with a homemade stage and camera platform. The assignment was to explain and show examples of Newton’s three Laws of Motion in a creative way. They chose clay as their medium and did all their stitching and editing in iMovie. It was fun to hear them talk about their learning process. When they first started, they weren’t capturing small enough motions in each frame and the flow was coming out choppy. They went back to the drawing board and this is what they came up with. Way more dynamic than any presentation I remember doing for science class in 8th grade. It’s exciting to see what this next generation is crafting.

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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