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.
Students can access Pixar in a Box and learn:
· How combinatorics are used to create crowds, like the swarm of robots in WALLE.
· 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 PixarInABox.org. The site will be updated as additional lessons become available.
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