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Sometimes, adding a little bit of motion to visual information results in more engaging, more meaningful, and better communication. When elements of visual storytelling/explanation are enhanced with motion, the intended audience can't help but look and learn. This category calls for students to develop an original design with the primary purpose for allowing the motion of objects. Software/resources used to generate animated design includes but is not limited to:
You may have up to 2 people on a team but teams and individuals will compete against each other within each grade grouping. Regardless of the length of the project, judging time is 15 minutes. Judges may only view a portion of the actual project.

Judges will use the Animation category rubric as a guideline for exemplary characteristics of projects in this category. Students should use the rubric as a guide for what judges are looking for.

Animation Rubric:





Documentation - 10%
Did student(s) include citations for sources and permissions for non-student produced materials?

NONE of the required documentation present.

SOME or most required permissions present.

ALL required permissions present OR none needed.

Complete and Functional - 15% Did student(s) complete the entire project?

Project has no animation.

Project is incomplete or does not function as intended.

Project displays a completed animation in its entirety.

Creativity - 20% Did student(s) use a higher level of creativity throughout the design process and oral presentation? (Nervousness should NOT count against the student)

Minimal levels of creativity shown in the project design and oral presentation.

Students display lower levels of creativity in the design process and/or oral presentation.

(Nervousness should NOT count against the student)

Student displays a high level of creativity throughout the entire design process. The oral presentation is unique, well-planned, and creative.

(Nervousness should NOT count against the student)

Understanding - 25% Did student(s) demonstrate a solid understanding of the software for project development?

Student displayed little to no understanding of the software used.

Choice of software may have been inappropriate for the project. Student does not show a full understanding of the software used.

Mastery in the choice and use of software to enhance the project.

Intended Purpose - 30% Did all elements of the project work together to serve the intended purpose?

No elements of the design fit the intended purpose of the model.

Choice of colors, textures and shapes are limited. Some characters and objects move with shaky or irregular motions.

Mastery in the choice of colors, textures, and shapes to create realistic images. Mastery in the creation of movement. Movement is smooth and realistic with varying speeds shown in the movement of foreground and background objects in the background. Mastery in the complexity of the design with three or more objects or sources of movement including the background.