Melissa Pickering, founder of iCreate

Melissa Pickering

iCreate set out to create a technology that is affordable for teachers and parents and enables students to be creative and build learning experiences without having to learn complicated software. The result of this research  was SAM Animation.

Using a standard webcam, students are easily able to create their own stop motion animations with SAM Animation for presentations or telling a story.

 

I was fortunate enough to catch up with iCreate’s busy founder and owner, Melissa Pickering for an interview.
 

 

 


 



Luke:

 

“Melissa, as the founder and owner of iCreate, what do you do?”

 

Melissa:

“I make learning fun!  Ever wish you could create, play, explore, tinker in the classroom all the time to learn about stuff rather than always read textbooks or just listen to the teacher?  Well, I started a company that makes that happen!”

 

Luke:

“That does sound like fun!  What’s the best part?”

 

Melissa:

“The best part of my job is working with my team.  I feel very lucky to have very smart and passionate folks working with me at iCreate.  We enjoy each other, have fun together, and of course all work really hard!”

 

Luke:

“You mention that you work hard - it is my understanding that you also studied hard.  You have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, which is part of Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics family, otherwise known as CS-STEM.

 

How important has CS-STEM been to your job?”

 

Melissa:

“Computer Science is the core of our flagship product - SAM Animation.  Without computer science, SAM couldn't have been created to give all students a quick and easy tool in creating their own animated videos.  Because I run a company that revolves around the integration of the SAM software into all classrooms, my job wouldn't exist without it!”

 

Luke:

“How do you see CS-STEM affecting the future?”

 

Melissa:

“I see computer science only continuing to become a bigger part of our everyday lives in the future.  It is at the center of social connectivity through online networks; it is the driver of operation for all machines from cars to computers to factories; and it allows us to collect and record data to inform the direction of future growth.  Basically, [CS-STEM will be affecting the future] in a big way!”

 

Luke:

 

“What advice do you have to students considering studying CS-STEM?”
 
Melissa:

 

“Getting a computer science or engineering degree is probably one of the best choices you can make, even if you know you're not going to become a coder or designer.  Computer science teaches you how to think in a strategic, problem solving manner, and those skills are invaluable to have for approaching anything in life.”

 

 


 

Melissa obtained a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University and is a former Walt Disney Imagineer.  For more information about Melissa, iCreate, and SAM Animation please visit iCreate’s website at http://icreatetoeducate.com/.

 

You can also learn more about SAM Animation, here on CS2N here.


Posted on March 01, 2012 in Real Scientist Stories by Luke Reynolds : 0 Comments

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