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How do batteries work?

If you've ever used a flashlight, or changed the channel with a remote control, if you've ever recharged your electric car, or if you're reading this on a smart device, then you know how useful batteries can be. But h...

LEGO Adventure in the City: A brick-animated short story

Once upon a time, a snake went to the zoo and then returned to his home. Suddenly, there was an attack from The Grey and the zoo's dinosaur gets out! Can the snake help the city?! This stop motion animated short st...

An Object at Rest: A stone’s adventure through time

An Object at Rest is Seth Boyden's final thesis film at CalArts. He writes: This year's story follows the life of a stone as he travels over the course of millions of years, facing nature's greatest obstacle: human...

The Four Spheres (Geo, Bio, Hydro, & Atmo) with Crash Course Kids

The ground or geo-sphere, water or hydro-sphere, air or atmo-sphere, and life or bio-sphere: Earth and everything on it can be organized into these four distinct yet interconnected subsystems. Knowing more about each ...

The science of static electricity – TED Ed

What is static electricity? Why do we get a tiny spark when we've walked across a carpet and touched a doorknob? Or have you ever pet a cat and then picked up something metal, like a spoon to stir up cat food? Zap! (A...

Sesame Street: What is Dance?

What is Dance? Hear kids answer this question from their own experiences as these charming illustrations and cut paper characters shake, wiggle, leap, boogie, hula, and play. We love animation styles that hearken ...

The praxinoscope-style BusyBody Quick-Pose Animator

Ten bendable, posable figures spin around the outside of a turntable. At the center, a series of mirrors reflect their poses. This simple combination makes for a delightful and accessible animation toy: Eye Think's Bu...

Scott Blake’s Hole Punch Flipbooks

Do you have a hole punch around the house? In these two videos, artist Scott Blake demonstrates that flipbooks don't need to rely solely on drawn, painted, or printed pages. Enjoy these Hole Punch Flipbooks, two editi...

Cubits (1978) by Al Jarnow

From animator, artist, sculptor, and filmmaker Al Jarnow, enjoy this 1978 experimental animation classic filled with patterns, geometry, logic, and other ideas beyond animation: Cubits. From AV Club: Many of Jarnow’...

3D printed nail art animates with stop motion

Using a real hand and a Japanese motif, Director Mizuki Kawano teamed up with experimental manicurist Hatsuki Furutani to create this stop motion animated short: Transforming. In this behind-the-scenes footage, yo...

The Reinvention of Normal: Dominic Wilcox’s quest for new ideas

This mini-documentary showcases the quest for new ideas by Hackney-based artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox, who remixes the familiar world into a more whimsical and wondrous one with objects that he create...

White Out, an abstract watercolor animation by Jeff Scher

Animated from 2,250 watercolor paintings on a wide variety of paper, White Out is by painter and experimental filmmaker Jeff Scher, who writes: Snow is particularly joyful in how it transforms everything it covers...

Crash Course Kids: Gotta Eat! and Feed Me: Classifying Organisms

Why do we eat and how does what we eat help classify what we are? In these first two episodes from Crash Course Kids, Sabrina Cruz explains why all living things eat. Also, try the simple energy source experiment in ...

Cal Academy: How to Observe a Meteor Shower

Get some blankets, find a dark hill on a dark night, make sure you've napped, and put away that smartphone. The California Academy of Sciences has some excellent tips for seeing shooting stars, more accurately known a...

Osvaldo Cavandoli’s La Linea

Thanks to a live-action hand and an animated white line, this cantankerous silhouette first appeared in Italy in 1970, becoming an internationally-known cult classic. La Linea is a 90 episode series by Italian cartoon...

The Girl and the Fox

Ilona is a nine-year-old girl who lives in the wilderness with her mother and father. Food is running low, and when a mysterious fox starts killing their livestock, she has no choice but to track down the strange crea...

The phases of the moon visualized from the other side

What does the other side of the moon like? Thanks to NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio and data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we get a glimpse in this animation, showcasing two different virtual views. F...

Fundamentals of Neuroscience Presents: Small Circuits

Small Circuits! This is one of the many wonderfully-presented lessons from Harvard's Fundamentals of Neuroscience free and open online course (or MOOC). While the video's terminology can be technical at times, the sim...

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