Reed & Caroline – Dark Matter

It’s “Reed & Caroline Wednesday” again. 😉 The VeryRecords recording artists’ music is a part of my Yuck Science virtual programs, and there will be an extra post each week January featuring one of their songs.

Dark Matter is a track from their second album Hello Science. In addition to being a catchy tune, this features a simple but very creative paper animation made by singer Caroline Schutz’s daughter Ava. Does this video give you any ideas for what you could create?

Reed & Caroline’s Dark Matter music video, with animations by Ava Gould

This style of video is called stop motion animation. All it takes to create is a camera and an idea! Ava took photos of her creations with a story in her mind. There are several photos per second, and they were edited together into an animation.

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A Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction!

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to make your own popsicle stick chain reaction after featuring a small chain in the Yuck Science video program.

Popsicle stick chain reaction in slow motion, from the Yuck Science video show

How to Weave Your Sticks!

First off, while I have the most fun calling these popsicle sticks, they are actually jumbo craft sticks, more the size of tongue depressors like a doctor uses, measuring 6 inches by 3/4 inch. You can try regular popsicle sticks, but they are thicker and work less well.

“Open your mouth and say, aaah!”

Step 1.

Make a tic-tac-toe shape out of four sticks. The sticks are colored so that you can see how they cross easily.

Step 1
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Souvenir Merchandise

Yuck Game Show t-shirts and other merchandise are available through Cafe Press.  These items were made available for the kind folks who ask for souvenir items.  The prices are set by Cafe Press, and I have opted to receive any of the money from purchases to keep prices at least somewhat low.