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5 Reasons to introduce students to MAPs (multi(ple)-animator projects)

Why We Love MAPs

By the Scratch Community Team

This story was originally posted on the Scratch Foundation Blog


This post is part of a blog series about what young people are sharing in the Scratch online community.

First things first, what is a MAP?

A MAP is a short, collaborative project made up of numerous animations by different creators. MAP stands for multi(ple)-animator project.

MAPs are typically set to music or audio clips which have been sliced into shorter segments. Each project member is responsible for animating their assigned part. Once all of the animators have completed their parts, the “host” creator edits the individual parts into a final MAP.

Scratcher forever- created a handy Guide to Hosting a MAP, which breaks the MAP process down into six easy steps.

Guide to Hosting a MAP by forever-

MAPs have grown in popularity on Scratch, probably because they bring community members together in fun, creative, innovative ways.

Here are a few reasons why we love MAPs:

1. MAPs are collaborative — a way for Scratch community members to connect, interact, and work together.

{MAP} “Wild Things” Part 15 [OFFICIAL] by Bubblebomb
sσмєwнєяє σиly wє kиσw | complete mep hosted by -vertigo

2. They allow creators to showcase different animation and drawing styles in a single project.

Major Tom p13 by Wymoo
Elements lineart MAP: completed hosted by SillyHaley
˖✧Wonder If I Gave An Oreo [PART2]✧˖ by mosengosen
Senbonzakura Palette MAP Part 21 by kitkatkittycat

3. MAPs are a great way to add your voice to a cause or theme.

COMPLETED MAP- Everyone is Gay hosted by Jaycat111
♬ ~ᎬᎪᏒᏆh ᎠᎪᎽ~ᏟᎾmᏢᏞᎬᏆᎬᎠ mᎪᏢ~♬ hosted by Cookiesprinklez123

4. The reveal of the completed project is always worth the wait.

“Everything Stays” Completed MAP hosted by Bubblebomb
ᴛᴀᴋᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ sᴋʏ | ғɪɴɪsʜᴇᴅ ᙢᗩᕈ hosted by RavenCoder

5. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” When Scratchers come together for a project, they can experiment, iterate, and inspire one another — many times creating something different or better than they could have accomplished alone.
Abstract Animation Completed MAP hosted by samanthaflorence

See what we mean?
Check out the Completed MAPs! studio for inspiration for creating your own MAP, or contribute to a project in the Open MAPs studio.