The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a group of imaginative people committed to a single goal: using Rhode Islands’ rich resources in the arts and sciences to create a distinctive, highly interactive, informal learning center.
This summer, RIMOSA will be traveling to local libraries through out the summer with their outreach programs designed primarily for students in grades 4-12. The programs run roughly 60 minutes and can be done as individual “one-off” programs, or several can be strung together over a period of days or weeks to form a more in-depth class. The RIMOSA facilitators work with the students for the length of the program, but can also provide teachers with pre-program and post-program curriculum. You will can also find RIMOSA at other cool events this summer, like Providence Summer Solstice Celebration, AS220 Foo Fest, and Kidoinfo Play in the Park series at Burnside Park.
Here is a list of the RIMOSA Outreach Programs for 2012 (Click here for schedule.)
1. Bending Light: Physical and Biological Properties of Light and Shadow
Come bend light, make colored shadows, play with glowing things and otherwise get to know the visual portion of the electromagnetic spectrum! No radioactivity involved…
2. Sound Effects: The Art and Science of Auditory Perception
This workshop will provide hands (and ears)-on experience with sound effects. Work in small groups with a variety of household materials (used in ways they may not have been originally intended) to make a realistic sounding radio-show.
3. Animation: Objects
During this program, students will man the video cameras and work in small groups with objects and materials provided to make their own stop-motion film. Their films will be premiered at the end of the outreach and can be viewed later on the RIMOSA website.
4. Animation: Cut-Out
During this program, we will focus on 2 dimensional or “cut-out” animation. After screening some professional “cut-out” shorts, students will make their own jointed 2-dimentional puppets from pictures or photographs (these may be taken home after the program). They will then work in small groups with cameras and newly created puppets to make their own stop-motion film. These will be premiered at the end of the outreach and to be viewed later on the RIMOSA website.
5. Animation: Pixilation
In this program, students will learn about different types of animation – focusing on the technique called “Pixilation”, which uses live people as puppets for stop-motion animation (often seen in commercials and music videos). After screening some professional “pixilation” shorts, facilitators will demonstrate how they might have looked as storyboards. Students will work in small groups to create storyboards. Then, following their storyboards, they will use the cameras provided to make (or star in!) their own stop-motion pixilation film, to be premiered at the end of the outreach and to be viewed later on the RIMOSA website.
During this program, students will learn about how to create successful illusions in stop-motion animation. Facilitators will lead discussion, illustrated by specific professional stop-motion animation shorts, on how lighting and color are used to invoke specific moods, and how the type of movement given to animated objects can aid the illusion of their weight and texture. Students will work in small groups to complete short exercises on using color to create mood and motion to further illusion. Then they will use these techniques, along with materials provided, to make their own stop-motion film, to be premiered at the end of the outreach and to be viewed later on the RIMOSA website.
It is called “nano” and it is one billionth of a meter in size. That’s the scale that’s used to measure atoms and molecules! And on that scale, common materials can have very unusual properties. That’s the basis of a new field of science called “nanotechnology”, which is producing remarkable advances in areas as unrelated as medicine and solar panels. In the NanoDays program, students will learn about nano-scale, do hands-on experiments to learn more about nanotechnology, and make iridescent 500 nanometer thick “thin films” to take home.
RIMOSA’s mission is to awaken curiosity and increase independent thinking, creativity, and innovation in kids 8 and up – and adults, too! This mission is accomplished by encouraging the exploration of science through art, and art through science, with interactive exhibits, educational programming, performances and participation in music, dance and theatre, informal discussions, and other museum events.