With Great Power... (SAM)
Competition Overview

What if you woke up one day and discovered you had been granted a super power or a magical ability? What is this power? How could you use it to help mankind?

Write a short story or poem that has a beginning, middle, and end about how you got your magical power, what the magical power is, and how you would use it to help mankind. Then use Sam Animation to produce an animation or music video to present your story or poem!

Like most projects, it will be easier if you plan out your submission. We have created this storyboard course to help.

Submit your SAM Animation to YouTube and then upload your link to this page!

Software Required: SAM Animation

To download the software you need for this competition, Click here!

Rules / Requirements

Peer Review

You will be required to review other submissions and provide feedback. This gives you the opportunity to help fellow animators improve their skills.


Judging Criteria

Your submission will be evaluated on these criteria:

  • How well the plot and characters were established
  • How naturally the plot seemed to unfold
  • How well characters responded to to plot
  • How closely the conclusion seemed to follow the plot

You can learn more about the evaluation criteria here.


What is SAM Animation?

SAM Animation is a desktop application that allows users -- young and old -- to capture a series of still images from a webcam that can then be played back in movie form -- it's kind of like a digital flip-book! SAM -- which stands for "stop-action-movies" -- was developed by Tufts University with the support of the National Science Foundation, and as of 2011 is exclusively licensed to iCreate to Educate, a young company dedicated to giving students the tools to drive their own learning in the K-12 classroom.

All product support, partnership opportunities, feature requests, and general questions should be directed to info@icreatetoeducate.com. Most support information and examples on how this tool is used in the classroom can be found directly on their website: www.icreatetoeducate.com.

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Key Dates

Date Availability


12/03/12 to 03/01/13


03/03/13 to 03/15/13

Winners Announced


How to Participate
Step 1: Register
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Click the box on the right to sign up.

Step 2: Submit Your Stuff

December 03, 2012 - March 01, 2013

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Complete your entry and submit your work.

Step 3: Evaluate Submissions

March 03, 2013 - March 15, 2013

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Give feedback for other submissions.

Step 4: Review Evaluations

March 15, 2013 - March 29, 2013

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View and rate feedback for your submission.