Desktop Tool Teaches Kids Stop-Motion Animation
The Pas a Pas is a simple device with a camera that shines down onto the screen and lets children record and rearrange a series of blocks.
The ‘Pas a Pas‘ is an interactive educational tool for children that was developed by Ishac Bertran as a final project at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. It enables kids to learn and experiment with different elements using stop-motion animation, bridging the gap between abstract concepts from maths, physics or arts and reality.
The system looks similar to a projector, but features a camera at the top that shines down onto the screen. Children place a series of blocks on the screen and then hit record. The camera takes one picture, and they can then rearrange the pieces for the next frame.
There are different sets of elements for certain age groups, with each set including a cartridge that contains animation guides. Gizmag reports that children can watch their creations back on the screen and use a ‘free mode’ to create their own animations without any on-screen guidance. You can check out the Pas a Pas machine in action in the video below: