In a time where knowledge of science and health is imperative for safe living, a child’s understanding of something complex means more people understand why something is happening. How can children understand something as complex as an X-ray machines?
First, create a video to show young children what x-rays are, how x-ray machines work, risks associated with x-rays, and other machines that use x-rays. Then, create a physical artifact that makes x-rays easier to understand.
HOW I HELPED
What can a child watch to demystify an X-ray machine?
My research covered what X-rays are, how X-ray machines work, risks associated with X-rays, and other machines that use X-rays. The research provided a natural outline that was used for the animation timeline and storyboard.
While the storyboard included images, scene description, noise description, and producer/editor instruction for the animation scene, the script explained exactly what the audio is describing during the video.
The finished animation holds the attention of children and explains a hard-to-understand concept in an easy way.
As a senior capstone project, this project was reviewed seriously and in-depth. If you are interested in reviewing the design brief, please contact me.
The physical artifact that accompanies this video is a simplified and interactive X-ray machine. At first, it shows a normal arm on a tube. When a red sheet of acrylic acting as “X-rays” is placed over top of this tube, the arm bones are revealed. A folder placed in the back of the tube holds a real photo of an X-ray arm.