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Pixar in a Box

Pixar in a Box

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Khan Academy has launched a new online curriculum, Pixar in a Box, which analyzes how Pixar Animation Studios fuses art, technology, science, engineering, and mathematics to develop animated cinema. Created with middle school and high school students in mind (but available to everyone), Pixar in a Box’s interactive exercises, in-depth video lessons, and hands-on activities span the production process. The mostly math-based lessons currently available include how combinatorics are used to create crowds, such as the swarm of robots in Wall-E; how parabolas are used to model environments, such as the forest in Brave; and how weighted averages are used to create characters, such as Buzz Lightyear. The lessons also convey how linear and cubic interpolation are used to animate characters; how trigonometry is used to create the worlds in which Pixar stories take place; and how simultaneous equations are used to paint all of Pixar’s images. The videos include the voices (and personal stories) of authentic Pixar people working in authentic workplaces on movies that already form the mythic storyboards of children’s lives and often their career aspirations. Future lessons will venture beyond math into science, the humanities, and the arts. by libtechchez Oct 2

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