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This Science Fair is a Winner
Kevin Temmer with animated science fair video in background

Kevin Temmer's Science Fair animation currently is featured on several websites. Image Credit: Bryan Temmer

When Kevin Temmer found he would have to complete a Creativity Action Service requirement to graduate from the International Baccalaureate program at Land O' Lakes High School, he knew just what to do. As a young child, Temmer had enjoyed drawing and taught himself the art of animation. He decided his project would incorporate his passion for animation and serve as a tribute to a favorite teacher.

The CAS requirement is an integral part of the IB program that provides a counterbalance to academic studies. Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities for the equivalent of at least three hours each week during the two years of the program.

Amy Basham was Temmer's middle school science teacher. Basham commented, "Kevin was a bright, creative and talented science student. I had the opportunity to teach him science for three years at Hillel, challenging him to approach science in a way that encouraged him to learn new concepts while also learning how to think." He chose to develop something she could use in her classroom.

After consulting Basham, Temmer decided to create and animate an original movie that explained how to complete a science fair project. His video is not a dry rendition of a science fair project; he created an interesting storyline that leads through each step. As the video opens, Jack frantically seeks the help of fellow classmate Jessica. As Jessica and Jack argue about how fun doing a science fair should be, Narrator steps in and offers to help Jack with his project. Jack and Jessica are transported to an imaginary world where Narrator leads him through the steps of completing a successful science fair project.

Kevin Temmer works with three computer monitors

Kevin Temmer spent more than 50 hours animating his science fair video. Image Credit: Bryan Temmer

"Kevin was able to use his creative abilities to bring my science fair concepts to life!" remarked Basham.

The young developer spent over 50 hours completing the animation project. The 15-minute video includes an original song, "At the Science Fair," performed by the Science Siblings, all voiced by Temmer. In fact, except for one cameo appearance by his brother, all the work and voices are his.

Temmer's Science Fair animation currently is featured on several websites including National Geographic Kids, the National Science Foundation Knowledge Network, AOL Kids, Dragonfly TV and others. Temmer is exploring developing a series of Science Siblings videos.

Temmer recently created an animated short and original song that was featured at the World Science Festival in New York City. His video was used as the introduction to the "Cool Jobs" presentation.

Temmer will be attending the Ringling College of Art and Design as a computer animation major this fall. Basham summed it up, "Kevin is a talented young man with the ability to excel at whatever he puts his mind to. I am thrilled that his science fair animation has earned him such notoriety and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for Kevin."

If you know a budding movie producer, they may want to try their hand at building a podcast. NASA Education provides free, downloadable video clips and audio clips to build video and audio podcasts via NASA's Do-It-Yourself Podcast. These clips feature NASA astronauts and other experts so you can produce a podcast by mixing and mashing your own clips with NASA's.

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