Lincoln Land Community College’s youth program has started an initiative to get girls in grades 3-8 excited about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. In addition to classes in candy chemistry and how to engineer a faster car, LLCC’s STEAM program has a class in Animotion Pictures — how to make videos with Animoto.
We chatted with Sheril Flynn and Stephanie Zeidler, the two teachers running the class on Animoto, to find out why they think their popular class is perfect for getting girls interested in technology and how they’re able to teach girls as young as 8 years old to create videos like the one below.
Style: Animoto Original
Song: “A Sunnyside” by Leftover Cuties
“Animoto is something Steph and I have used here for a few years with the students in Rochester [school district], creating videos about themselves,” Sheril shared. In fact, Jessica Ingold, who runs the STEAM program at Lincoln Land Community College, had had a child in Stephanie’s class. “She saw firsthand the type of things we were doing with Animoto,” Sheril told us, “so when I mentioned Animoto for a class, she said that would be a great option.”
Here’s how their class works:
Following the class, Stephanie and Sheril find that many of their students are still creating new videos, giving them fresh exposure to technology and the arts, and letting them express themselves with video outside of the Lincoln Land STEAM program.