How’s this for an A-list mashup? Pixar Animations Studios (Toy Story, Inside Out) has teamed up with one of our all-time favorite on-line learning resources, the Khan Academy to create Pixar in a Box. The 6-part, on-line course is designed to show kids how subjects like math and science can be used in extremely hands-on ways to create Pixar movies.
The goal is to show how seemly abstract ideas can be used in certain fields such as environmental modeling, sets and staging, rendering and more. Each (free!) mini lecture begins with a design focused lessons appropriate for grades 5 and up, followed by a math-focused lesson which is grade specific. Then things get hands-on as users can play with an in-browser app that simulates a 3D modeling program, does rotational geometry with Buzz Lightyear or interactive binomial coefficients.
Pixar employees lead the lessons where kids can learn about everything from how animators made realistic blades of grass using parabolic arcs to how clay models are transformed into digital characters using weighted averages.
Sound like fun? Go here to learn more.