Animating Science

This research project directed by Jocelyn Wishart and funded by an HEA teaching development award investigates the creation of short animations in initial science teacher education teaching sessions using a digital or mobile phone camera, Plasticine, laptops and freely available software in order to research the learning opportunities offered by having students animate science processes such as enzyme action, cell division, sound waves etc. These two animations were recently produced by our Secondary PGCE students:

Primary PGCE students at Bath Spa voluntarily researched life cycles of insects and frogs and checked key terminology like 'refraction' for their animations.

Making models in Plasticine clearly prompts peer discussion about the science concepts being modelled.

Jocelyn is also working with experienced science teachers to develop a CPD course in teaching science through making stop-motion animations for the national network of Science Learning Centres She has been observing Year 4 and Year 12 studying filtering and how membranes work respectively:


Another finding seen here on the left in this animation from Year 8 is that students' misconceptions are clearly shown up for the teacher to see and intervene:

Next to it, in 'Big Head Ned' Year 11 show how developing a narrative lends creativity and humour to a GCSE revision project.


Here are our Resources for Teachers on making animations.


If you would like to find out more, contact Jocelyn or see the project Facebook group at