The Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) has been developing teaching tools for students eager to learn about different aspects of engineering. One of it’s most popular pieces of software is used for creating stop-animation movies. The program is called SAM and allows users to create movies frame by frame using a webcam or imported pictures. Alex Chan (E ’13) and Tim Martin (E ’13) created a sample video that explains how an acoustic guitar works.
The SAM software was developed about 7 years ago when director of the CEEO Chris Roger’s eldest son asked if he could do a movie instead of a paper book report. Roger’s developed a prototype in LabView, and after careful user testing and refinements, the product is now available online. It has been presented throughout the world, and a gallery of student submitted animations is available to view.