I’ve been learning a lot about STEM lately as it’s a big part of my daughter’s curriculum at school.
- STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
But have you heard of STEAM?
- STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
I’ve been a big proponent of adding more creativity into STEM at an early age to get kids more excited about these areas of education (and you’ll see below one example), but add art into the mix and it changes everything, doesn’t it?
What if we added Pixar into the mix too?
You know, our favorite creator of friends like Buzz Lightyear and Nemo!
Khan Academy just launched Pixar in a Box, a behind-the-scenes look at Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process. It’s a Free online curriculum that shows how Pixar filmmakers use science, technology, engineering, art and math to create movie magic.
As a lifelong Disney and Pixar fan, I have a hunch that Pixar in a Box can impact education in a big way, whether students are in a traditional school or homeschooled.
With Pixar In A Box Free Online STEAM Curriculum, a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, will enable students to 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.
Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist and Research Group Lead at Pixar, says, “Many students start to lose interest in academics in middle and high school, partly because they don’t see how academic concepts relate to things they care about. Pixar in a Box aims to address this disconnect by showing how Pixar filmmakers use these concepts for creative benefit in their everyday work.”
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.
The site will be updated as additional lessons become available.
This is something that I’m sharing with everyone I know – teachers, homeschooling friends, and more!
A couple weeks ago, my daughter and I were in STEM mode and you might like to also check out our activity!
What do you think about the Pixar in a Box free online STEAM curriculum? Do you think this would get your kids interested?