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Making a mini zoetrope

13. December 2021 at 16:00

Workshop for children and young people between 9 and 15 years of age in the Miran Jarc Library, Novo mesto

Young people from the age of nine are invited to join us at the workshop entitled Making a mini zoetrope, which will be held on Monday, December 13, 2021 between 4 and 7 pm in the Miran Jarc Library (BeRi classroom).

Bringing up thumbnails with a used CD player: Zoetrope is a device that creates the illusion of animation by illuminating consecutive thumbnails that rotate in a circle for a split second, and repeats this in an endless loop. It was invented in the 19th century, and we will recreate it from the parts available to us in the 21st century.

The device will be made from a used mechanism of a CD or DVD player, an Arduino microcontroller, a high-brightness white LED light, and some auxiliary elements. Among other things, we will get to know the “brushless” drive motor and write a program that will precisely synchronize the flashing of the LED and the rotation of the motor. The most fun, of course, will be creating and playing with loop animations.


The number of participants is limited, so prior registration is required at

The workshop is free.

Let’s stay healthy

Verification of the PCT condition is mandatory for all those over 12 years of age, and a valid identity document is required. The mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces, only a surgical mask or FFP2 type mask is allowed. The mask is optional for

  • children up to the age of 6,
  • speakers in enclosed public spaces, provided that a distance of at least 3 meters is provided,
  • persons with special needs who are prevented from using a protective mask for objective reasons.

When entering a closed public place or space, hand disinfection is still mandatory.