Science animation: How to make scientific subjects fun?
It is not overstated that science is one of the biggest obsession of study. Students rarely find the interest and motivation from scientific complicated and abstract contents. So, how to deal with this problem? Have you ever heard about fun science animation? Can you imagine how magically animated videos make fun for science?
If you had ideas about this before, congratulations! If not, don’t worry! We are going to telling you about science animation as well as how it can make scientific subjects fun.
What is science animation?
First, let’s take a quick look at science animation. Animated videos are short cartoons or motion graphics which played as useful supporting tools for teaching science. For instance, you can easily find some examples from Ted-ed. What to say, science animations bring new experience into the lesson to illustrate the scientific complex and abstract process. Above all, the adoption of animation, especially in the context of a science classroom, is hugely a robust method of teaching science subject.
“How the tornado forms” is a difficult topic which is challenging to explain to students the complex effects of landscapes and climates. But, as you see, this animated video has done it well! All you have to do is sitting in front of your screen just within 1 minute and 26 seconds, and the knowledge naturally jumps into your mind. For sure, if you go for a presentation with a ton of words, it can take hours and the learning outcomes are not efficient.
Check out more case studies of science animations:
How can animation make the science fun?
Simplify difficult contents by visual image and motion
If you want to make something fun, firstly you have to ensure it clear and simple. Why? It’s because a short and precise explanation of a scientific phenomenon always attracts more students than others. Unfortunately, science usually includes long and troublesome processes.
However, thanks to animation, you can simplify everything. Through visual images and motion, your students can easily understand complex scientific definitions and processes. For instance, instead of reading a ton of words, students must have to spend over 1 minute to watch how the tornado forms. (watch the video above)
Bring entertainment feeling like watching cartoons
When we were young, we spent a number of hours to watch CNN cartoons every day. Do you believe that cartoons are still attractive to us today although growing up?
Science animation has proofed it. To clarify, providing short videos can drive students’ attitude toward a new direction. In addition, these videos add entertainment value to the lessons. Now, the more scientific subjects students have to learn, the more time they have to watch animations. In other word, students can absorb knowledge in a new, different way. That is they get out of the old dried imagine about science and instead it through fun videos. Of course, the learning value is still guaranteed.
Inspirit learners by reality experience
Another significant impact of science animation is engaging students in the lesson by showing how knowledge turn into reality. Most animated videos always have characters and contexts. In the context, educators can point out how science is friendly in daily life.
Let’s take an example of where air pollution comes from. Illustrators and animators can draw a background of a big city with a huge number of transportation means and factories. CO2 emission is pushed out from motorbikes, buses, cars, and factories. Obviously, this happens every day on the streets, but not every student notice that. And not all of them know that is one of the reasons why the air is polluted. When science is turned into animation, the real context definitely makes it funnier and more interesting.
How to produce fun science animation?
There are 4 steps that should be followed if you are interested in making fun science animated videos.
Tell a story
Instead of theoretical and academic paper, why don’t we express the content like telling a story? Do you believe that storytelling is the trend of presenting complex and abstract topics like science nowadays? Everybody always is attracted to inspiring stories. Because they bring a great sense of listening and feeling and at the same time.
To make storytelling, firstly, you have to create objects and characters. Besides, you also need to create an outline about the flow of information, what happens before, what happens after. It’s a script. By this way, the content is more simple to grasp, and science becomes more friendly with learners.
Research about the formation of water could be converted into a story of the main character that is the Earth. This scene is talking about the freshwater’s origin. The surprised emotion of the Earth plays a vital role in expressing the message.
Utilize visualizing subjects
Visualization allows you to convert information into illustrations to describe a process. Using charts, models and images is a great way to clear data and help learners get the idea of content better.
An example of explaining various processes that occur in the formation of metamorphic rock.
There are some notices you should take on your note when using charts and models for higher outcomes.
- Tree charts are beneficial to show various kinds of relationships.
- Classification charts are best used to present classifications e.g. plant kingdom or animal kingdom.
- Collages are those charts where information or pictures from other sources (newspaper, magazine, etc) are pasted.
- Flip charts are bound to make a flip book or put on a stand and flipped backward like calendar sheet.
If you want to use models, remember to apply reasonable type for each situation. There are 3 main types of model, which are static, sectional and working model. In a static model, parts of a system cannot be separated. On the other hand, sectional models allow you to remove and replace parts of an object. Apart from that, working models show the actual operation of an object or process, e.g, conduction of electricity, body systems.
Motion plays a vital role in making storytelling. Its mission is connecting objects to make the content relatable, memorable and entirely entertaining. Comparing to static figures, the motion is more effective as it describes exactly how the process happens due to the changing and movements of objects.
If you are finding for some animation software to perform the act, we suggest you After Effect Adobe, Toon Boom, etc. However, it would be hard to create the proper animations with template software like Vyond, PowToon. That’s because they are just good to make a basic and simple animation. For the best results, you should use tailored animation from studios instead. Although it’s more expensive than others, it reduces a lot of work and guarantees the quality.
Combine audio narrations
Last but not least, animated video with audio can leads to the highest result. When combining lessons with compelling visuals and audio descriptions, they can create a multi-sensory learning experience for viewers.
An animated learning video without the voice-over usually has more texts. In science animation, when students are focusing on watching the movements of objects to see the process, it’s hard to read the texts included. Through voice-over, the presence of lecturers is enhanced, and their connection with the learners also is deepened. So, audio narration is the wise choice for educators.
This is a summary of what you need to make your scientific online courses fun.
- Storytelling to make science becomes more friendly and comes into the mind naturally.
- Visualization to clear information, make it vividly and help learners get the idea of content better.
- Motion to connect parts, hence express scientific processes effectively in a time-saving way.
- Audio narration to create a multi-sensory learning experience and enhance the presence of lecturers.
Obviously, all of the things above are typical features of science animations. Although animation does wonder for teaching science, some people are still confused about adapting it as a priority method cause it costs an arm and a leg. Are you willing to invest to gain students’ engagement in academic and boring scientific lessons? The answer is totally up to you. If you asked for our opinion, of course, it’s yes! Because science animation is a leading solution to bring fun into scientific subjects now, don’t miss it.
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