McWane Science Center Presents "Animation"

The McWane Science Center in opening a new exhibit this weekend.. Animation featuring Cartoon Network. had the chance to preview the exhibit this week and we have to say it’s one of the coolest ones we’ve seen come through McWane in the 8+ years we’ve been going.

“In Animation, it’s about exploring, questioning and experimenting with the science behind the art of animation in a way that makes learning fun,” said Amy Templeton,  President and CEO of McWane Science Center. “Animation has proven to be a powerful and effective tool for engaging and teaching people of all ages about science concepts such as perception, illusion, geometry, and measurement.”

“What this exhibit reveals in full interactive detail is the number of different skills  involved in creating animation, from voice-acting and recording to computer programming and scoring, from screenwriting and storyboarding to sound-effects and editing,” said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of marketing, Cartoon Network.

The exhibit as a whole is very hands on and interactive allowing your children to learn the process behind animation and to use their imagination to create some of their own. One of my favorite parts of the exhibit was the Foley Artist Area, where you have the chance to add sound effects to a clip. Getting the timing right is harder than you might think, I failed miserably.

In the six thematic areas of the exhibit you will find:

History – Visitors learn about early animation and apparent motion.
Animation Studio – Visitors explore the process of animation, story creation, animator techniques and tools.
Art in Motion – With help from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, visitors discover why art and math are important allies when creating characters, motion, and change.
Science Laboratory – In Dexter’s Laboratory, visitors can delve into the science and technology that make animation possible. Sound and Stage – Visitors can discover the principles of sound and phonetics with characters from Chowder, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Kids Next Door.
Cartoon Museum – Visitors will take a seat in this intimate theater setting and view clips of popular animations while learning the secrets behind their production.

The Animation exhibit will be on display at McWane Science Center from May 24 through September 1, 2014.

Make plans to check it out this weekend or add it to your Summer Fun List.. You’ll be glad you did!

** Random Side Note: The Photo Ops in this exhibit are endless!


Photos By: Scott Butler

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