TSRC Challenge 4

Welcome to the fourth and final challenge in the Teen Summer Reading Challenge

From August 8th to August 21st, we want you to channel your inner animation artist and create a conveyor belt animation! By submitting pictures (or a video) of your animation conveyor belt in action, you will earn two points towards the grand prize draw.

First, you will need to make the conveyor belt box. Then, you will need to make the animation picture, which will rotate through the conveyor belt box.

The scene in the animation is up to you! It could be a continuous scene that you "scroll" through when turning the conveyor belt or it could be several frames one after another. Maybe you want to suspend an object over the rolling animation by attaching it with a wire to the box, so that it remains in the same place while the background changes. Be creative!

How to build the conveyor belt

What you'll need:

  • Small cardboard box
  • 2 toilet paper tubes
  • 2 Skewers or dowels
  • Heavy paper or cardboard
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Pushpin


  1. Cut the top off the box. The box will now be open on top.
  2. Make 2 holes on each side of the box, around 6 inches apart.
  3. With the paper (or cardboard) into 4 circles the same size as the paper tubes.
  4. Cut holes at the center of the circles. The holes must be large enough to fit the skewers (or dowels).
  5. Glue the circles onto the ends of the paper tubes.
  6. Feed the skewers through the holes and glue on each side so that the paper tube and dowel turns as one.
  7. Put the dowels through the holes in the box

Now you have the conveyor belt box that is ready for the animation image! Draw your animation on a piece of paper that is the right width to fit in the box and long enough to wrap around both paper rolls, like a conveyor belt. Wrap the paper around, secure with tape, and watch your drawing come to life when you turn the rolls. 

Here is an example of what the box should look like with the paper attached. This is merely an example to get an idea of what the final product should resemble. The drawing should be unique (not a replication of this example). Be creative!