Animating Characters

Animating Characters

Developed by Roblox
Students will further personalize their game by posing a 3D figure into a unique walk animation, whether it's swimming through the air or hopping.
10 and up Game Design Animation
English 1 hour
ISTE Standards: N/A

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the process of how computers simulate motion in an animation using individual poses.
  • Test, evaluate, and redesign an animation to meet a planned vision.
  • Reflect on previous experiences with digital citizenship and identify opportunities to improve.

Skills and Concepts:

  • Animation - A series of images used to create the illusion of movement
  • Keypose - An important point of motion in an animation, such as the moment a player crouches before jumping.

Getting Ready

Lesson Overview

5 min


Introduce the project and lesson structure.

5 min

Guided Tutorial
Plan an Animation

Brainstorm and plan an animation idea.

25 min

Guided Tutorial
Designing an Animation

Learn how to use the Animation Editor to create a simple animation.

10 min

Guided Tutorial
Add Animations

Use a script to change the player’s walk in the obstacle course to the new animation.

10 min

Guided Work
Feedback and Redesign

Get feedback from a peer to improve the animation.

5 min

Wrap Up

Get feedback from a peer to improve the animation.

Lesson Plan

5 min
  1. Grab student attention by showing Presentation: Animations in Roblox - Slide 2.
    1. Students will create their own animation that will be included in their obstacle course. 
    2. Ask students to quickly offer some animation ideas (ex: flying, skipping, etc)
  2. After creating an animation, will get feedback from a peer to help them improve it.
Guided Tutorial - Plan an Animation
5 min
  1. Lead students through Presentation: Animations in Roblox - Slide 3-4. 
    1. As a class, have students brainstorm actions (ex: real life actions/sports like swimming or dancing, or fantastical like flying. 
    2. Have students create a goal for their animation (make a silly walk, create a cool superhero flying animation, etc). Goals will be used for the feedback activity. 
    3. Give students 2-4 minutes to decide on an animation and collect reference material (either images or have them act out motions in real life).
  2. Recap by letting 2-3 students share their planned animation.
Guided Tutorial - Designing an Animation
25 min
  1. Lead students through Getting Started to Improve and Export
    1. Have students create a rig in their current game file. 
    2. Slides are provided to help you throughout the tutorial.
Guided Tutorial - Add Animations
10 min
  1. Explain that students will use their exported animation as their players' walk
  2. Use instructions in Presentation: Animations in Roblox - Slide 10 - 11.
    1. Have students add the Animation Swap Script into their game, replace the animation ID in the script, and test to ensure their animation was replaced. 
Guided Work - Feedback and Redesign
10 min
  1. Provide students the Handout: Animation Feedback.
    1. Have students show an animation to another peer (either by switching seats or screen-sharing if remote). 
    2. Peers will fill out the hand out to offer feedback and a recommendation
  2. When students have finished offering feedback, take a moment to discuss the value of feedback. Note they may not agree with feedback, but it's a valuable opportunity for them to grow.
  3. Give students time to implement an idea they had after receiving feedback. 
Wrap Up
5 min
  1. - Recap what students have created and vocabulary: animation and keypose.
  2. Have students reflect on their experiences with digital citizenship by asking the following questions.
    • Have you tried to be a better digital citizen in a game, social media, or chat this [week, month]? If not, what's one thing you can start doing today when you go home? 
    • If you notice someone being bullied, what are some things you can do? What could you say to someone being bullied? 

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