If your as big of Pixar Animation Studios fans as we are I have some exciting news for you. Khan Academy has launched Pixar in a Box. This is your chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process.
“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 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.
“While the first year focuses on math, future Pixar in a Box lessons will explore science, computer science, arts, and humanities.”
I can’t wait to check out the free lessons with the little guys. Who in your family will be most excited about Pixar in a Box? Let me know in comments below.