Friday, September 18, 2015

Khan Academy brings us *Pixar In a Box* Free Online Curriculum

 Us homeschoolers are always looking for great supplemental learning so I was excited to see Khan Academy has teamed up with Pixar to bring us Pixar In a Box. This free online curriculum shows how Pixar filmakers use science, technology, art, engineering and math to create movie magic!


 Through a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, students will discover how the academic concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation. Although designed especially for students in middle and high school, these resources are available to learners of all ages, completely free of charge.

“Our mission at Khan Academy is a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” said Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit Khan Academy. “Sparking student interest in math and other academic fields is a key part of that, and we’re delighted to collaborate with Pixar to achieve this goal. Pixar in a Box gives students a new way to engage with key academic concepts and see how creative these concepts can be.”

Students can access Pixar in a Box and learn:

·       How combinatorics are used to create crowds, like the swarm of robots in WALLŸE.
·       How parabolas are used to model environments, like the forest in Brave.
·       How weighted averages are used to create characters, like Buzz Lightyear and Woody.
·       How linear and cubic interpolation are used to animate characters.
·       How trigonometry is used to create the worlds in which Pixar stories take place.
            ·       How simultaneous equations are used to paint all of Pixar’s images.
 All Pixar in a Box resources are available free of charge at The site will be updated as additional lessons become available. received product, press or compensation to facilitate this review. This post may contain affiliate links. We only give our honest opinons of products. This post is in accordance with the FTC 10 CFR, Part 255 concerning the use, endorsements or testimonials in advertising.

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