On Thursday, Jan. 11, Mad Science of North Boston came to present this month's Science After Dark! Attendees got to practice their observation skills as they created a story board, figure out how flip-books work (and make their own), figure out how 3D glasses work, and observe how every day objects can be used to make cool sound and visual effects!
Creating a storyboard! As participants used the images to create their own story, they had to use their keen observation skills to decide which panel went where, and if any should be left out! Like the images shown above - it was decided that the bottom image with the cows should go towards the end of the story board since the sun is setting!
Some of the movie effects participants learned involved leather work gloves, chains, and foil pans! If leather work gloves are slapped against your hand several times, it sounds like wings flapping! When a chain is dropped into a foil pan held above the ground, it sounds like glass shattering! One of the coolest effects was fake snow. That's because it came from something found in stores all over - baby diapers. Yup, the absorbent in baby diapers, called sodium polyacrylate, can be used to create fake snow by adding just a tiny bit of water.
After playing with fake snow, participants got to try on some 3D glasses and try to figure out how work before working on their own optical illustion - making flip books! They put their story boarding skills to the test as everyone worked to create a book where movement was shown via a trick of the eye.
A fun, informative evening for all!