Save the World in 60 Seconds! (SAM)


Key Dates


Date availability


01/30/12 to 05/06/12


05/11/12 to 06/01/12

Winners announced



Competition Winner

And the winning submission is...


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Competition Overview


What does it mean to “Save the World”?  Who or what are we saving it from?  According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, “Today we realize that each thing we do can help or hurt our planet in many ways.  We all need to take ownership of environmental protection.”  Recycling, reducing, and reusing are some of the ways we can produce less waste to protect the environment.  In what other ways can we help the planet or save the world?




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Software Recommended: SAM Animation

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General Questions About SAM Animation

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    Rules / Requirements

    There are a few things that are expected from you and there is help for achieving those expectations.


    Peer Review


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




    Your submission will have to meet specific guidelines. It will need to adhere to the following requirements:

    1. The animation should be between 30 - 60 seconds in length. 
    2. No copyrighted material may be used. (To learn more about copyright laws, click here.)
    3. Only one animation may be submitted per user.


    Judging Criteria


    Your submission will be evaluated on these criteria:

    • The submission precisely meets the technical requirements and aligns with the theme (recycle, reduce, replenish, restore, reuse, etc.).
    • The submission contains three parts of a story (beginning, middle and end). 
    • Animation timing is appropriate. 
    • The background and set support the story and are interesting.
    • Most procedures have a logical purpose, with explanatory comments that are easy to understand.


    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 Most support information and examples on how this tool is used in the classroom can be found directly on their website:


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    Sample Submission

    How to Participate

    Step 1: Register

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    Step 2: Submit Your Stuff

    January 30, 2012 - May 06, 2012

    Complete your entry and submit your work.

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    Step 3: Evaluate Submissions

    May 11, 2012 - June 01, 2012

    Give feedback for other submissions.


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    Step 4: Review Evaluations

    June 01, 2012 - June 08, 2012

    View and rate feedback for your submission.


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