Night Bright Interactive Installation of Nocturnal Discovery

Night Bright is an interactive installation where children physically interact with an imaginary nocturnal ecosystem.  As explained by creator Design I/O:

“Night Bright is an interactive installation of nocturnal discovery where children use their bodies to light up the nighttime forest and discover the creatures that inhabit it.  Listening to the creatures’ sounds children can locate them in the forest, as they play a nighttime game of hide and seek.  Some creatures are curious and will investigate the light, while others are frightened and will hide in the shadows.  Using their light, children can grow nocturnal plants and release fireflies from their flowers.  The fireflies illuminate the environment and help locate the creatures hiding in the forest.
Night Bright was created for the Bumble children’s cafe in Los Altos, California.

Music for the video documentation courtesy of Diederik Idenburg / MOST Original Soundtracks.” (Design I/O)

 

Source: All images from Design I/O.

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Adorable Elementary Schoolers make Amazing Animation about Evolution

The elementary school students at William Fox Elementary School and the Patrick Henry School of Science & Art helped animation student Tyler Rhodes in making an animation that teaches evolution.  Going through 6 phases of evolution and more than 400 drawings, Rhodes engaged the students by making the project into a “telephone”-esque game.  The children started with a drawing of a salamander, and as it was redrawn and redrawn, subtly mutating it.

This is super educational and I’m sure those kids had a blast seeing their work form the animation, but I have to admit I’m a little peeved I haven’t though of this myself!  Who needs motion frames and background art when you can have children do it for you, 400 times over!  Brilliant…