School Programs

Minds in Motion Grade 4

Karolina Manko

Minds in Motion gives students the opportunity to collaboratively write, storyboard, direct, and produce an original stop-motion animated film. The curriculum creatively integrates elements of science, technology, math, language arts, and the arts into a dynamic project-based learning experience led by our animators-in-residence. The program takes place in fourth grade classrooms throughout Westchester County, and culminates in a red carpet premiere of student films at the JBFC Theater. Student films created in Minds in Motion have been screened at film festivals all over the world.

Educational Objectives

  • Apply math and language arts skills to the telling of an original visual story through the art of animation
  • Practice public speaking skills through group presentation
  • Conceptualize original characters and bring them to life
  • Understand the art and the creation of animation
  • Foster creative collaboration by working as a team
  • Succeed in the completion of a long-term, multifaceted project

Our school and community partners for the Fall 2016 session are PEARLS Hawthorne, School 30, and Paideia 24 in Yonkers; Thomas Edison School in Port Chester; William Holmes Elementary in Mount Vernon; Claremont Elementary in in Ossining; and RSHM Life Center in Tarrytown. 

Minds in Motion would not be possible without the support of our incredible community of volunteers! 
Interested in volunteering? Email Imani Humphries at