Under the direction of Harvard Junior High’s STEM lab teacher Susan Iles, eighth graders Kasen Mortimer and Evan Lich created a stop-motion film mixing their STEM studies with the creative arts. Both students participated in FUSE challenges throughout their first quarter. FUSE is an interest-driven learning experience developed by researchers and educators at Northwestern University. The program incorporates adaptive problem-solving into coursework and leveling-up challenges that require students to build upon knowledge from previous projects.
For the end of the quarter, Mrs. Iles developed a series of “beyond FUSE” challenges for her students. Given the option to make a stop-motion film, the two students jumped at the chance.
Using an iPad, the students painstakingly photographed clay figures, adding slight movements between individual frames. The completed photographs were combined in the video editing program Splice, creating the illusion of motion. With an abundance of yellow clay, Kasen knew that their story’s hero should resemble a famous video game character from the early 1980s.
The final project, which utilized math, science, art, and a bit of eighth grade humor, can be viewed here: