The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
The Lawrence is getting ready to re-open. We’ll see you on October 30th!
For over 50 years, The Lawrence Hall of Science has been at the forefront of science education.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
In Stop-Motion Stories, you create a story and make it come to life with cameras and a computer. Choose from a variety of toys and objects, or animate your own series of still illustrations to tell your story.
Place objects on the “stage” and push a button to capture photos of them. Then make small changes in the scene between photos by moving the objects or by erasing and redrawing parts of your illustration. Once you’re done, then press “play”—and watch your story come to life!
How can you make things look like they’re moving faster or slower? Can you animate something that happens in real life, like a drop of water falling into a lake or a ball bouncing? Can you animate something that’s impossible in real life?
Like a flip book, stop-motion plays back a series of still images, or frames. When you record a video using a video camera, the camera actually takes a series of still pictures, or frames, one right after the other—usually 24 frames per second (fps). When these frames are played back, your eyes and brain blend the frames together so that you see motion—a moving picture!