Much of the time kids don't see the value of something until they actually use it. A big movie project would have them begging me to learn and experiment with knowledge. I love it when students pester me for information. It makes me feel like a teacher.
"We need a monster with 6 foot arms. Who's going to build this ugly thing?"I know I'd have 2-3 kids who would volunteer for each of those projects. So many possibilities. So much learning. The following video got me to thinking about my "monster movie" idea again.
"We need a space ship that flies into an asteroid and explodes. Who's wants to animate that?"
"I want a realistic dinosaur roar. Who's going to come in during lunch to work on that?"
"We need a model of scary house that we can blow up later. Who wants to create this?"
Here is a link to the plans.
["Werewolf stilts." Make Magazine. 1 Oct 2007. Make Magazine. 1 Oct 2007