This past weekend we hosted a workshop called Make a Solar Zoetrope, as part of the DVAA Everyday Futures Fest. It was super fun! If you didn’t make it, we’re running it again on Sunday, May 7th at 1 p.m.
We’re sharing the template we made for the event, so you can build one yourself at home. To power the zoetrope when the sun is shining, we used a 3V–12V DC motor and a 5V 200mA solar panel.
⓵ Print this template at 100% scale. Use black cardstock for best results, or color in the shapes with black crayon/marker.
⓶ Make a strip of white paper, 16 in. (41 cm) by 1.25 in. (3.2 cm). Line it up with the template and draw 11 evenly spaced frames, one for each vertical notch. Use thick, dark lines.
⓷ Cut out the zoetrope shapes with scissors and connect with tape/glue to make a single loop.
⓸ Make a cardboard circle with radius 2.5 in. (6.35 cm) and attach to the bottom of your zoetrope loop with small strips of tape.
⓹ Mount your animation strip inside the zoetrope, with a frame under each vertical notch.
⓺ Attach a gear to the shaft of an electric motor, then glue your zoetrope to the gear. Give it a spin and look through the notches at a downward angle to see your animation!
@DVArtAlliance organizes a series of events in April as part of Everyday Futures Fest to bring communities together through art. Hri and I animated and assembled a solar powered zoetrope. We hung out with a bunch of cool people @IffyBooks #STEAMtasticparenting pic.twitter.com/C23qVnHWuT— Mamta Shah, Ph.D. (@MamtaShah) April 8, 2023
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