When I was 11 my parents got a Sony 8mm Handycam. It did not take long for me to figure out I could hit record quickly stop, move myself or an object, and repeat… In other words Stop Motion video was possible.
I spent hours and hours with bendable Gumby toys and molding clay creating fighting scenes and short films. Today I ran across the Pas a Pas Project and I got a smile on my face, thinking of all the kids that would get to experience the tedious but rewarding task of creating their own animation.
Not to mention the design of the actual device is smack-your-grandma-sexy:
Pas a Pas is an interactive educational tool for schools that enables children to learn and experiment with different sets of elements using animation.
It aims to use the physicality and the animated outcome of stop motion animation to bridge the gap between abstract concepts from maths, physics or arts (usually represented by graphs, equations or words) and reality.
Let’s take a closer look:
I love it!
Right down to the glowing memory cartridge. The developers could have easily made a touch sensitive tablet with no camera and no physical buttons/controls. Luckily they chose to keep a simple (clearly retro inspired) control panel.
I can’t think of a better way for future generations to explore and develop creativity.