PIXAR Studios is a dream place to visit and one of the most self-fulfilling experiences if you work there. This Spring, we had an incredible opportunity to live and work and tour the PIXAR Studios, meet with different teams – from Marketing to Animation – and learn about the nitty-gritty of the making of the upcoming Pixar Animation CARS 3.
One of the spotlights during the visit was meeting and learning about PIXAR IN A BOX, a partnership and collaboration between PIXAR Studios and KHAN ACADEMY, FREE online resource for children of any age to learn and get fascinated with math, reading, and think process. And now, thanks to this Disney-sponsored partnership, PIXAR has created and has been curating one of the most exciting resources available at KHAN ACADEMY – PIXAR IN A BOX.
KHAN ACADEMY has a very neat system to present things in a very friendly, and easy way to learn from. Children who struggle in learning math, for example, pick up math-solving skills in no time. In addition, parents have their own login to monitor and get excited about the progress their kids make while learning with KHAN ACADEMY teaching blocks.
That is why PIXAR chose the KHAN ACADEMY’s platform to create the learning segments about different sides of animation and creating a movie. The videos with real PIXAR employees from all departments and personalities are the key in creating a learning resource that connects the dots of the subjects like MATH, GEOMETRY, WRITING, ART into a masterful course. Every learning block is done with a great PIXAR “nerve” – humor and creativity. Things are divided into tiny steps to make learning easy and fun and powerful.
Elyse Klaidman, Director of Exhibitions and Educational Partnerships, and Tony DeRose, a Senior Scientist and lead of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios, lead the effort for PIXAR IN A BOX. During our meeting with them, they demonstrated how the animated and videoed segments connect different School Subjects with the real-life subjects, like making a movie.
BING BONG, the animated character from PIXAR’s Inside-Out, was, too, created by techniques used and presented in carefully crafted learning blocks that can be found at KHAN ACADEMY.
PIXAR IN A BOX makes it easy to visualize and see it in action right away, how different animation effects can be created when we know what an axis means, how to connect different patterns, when to use multiplication or subtraction, or when to write things up explaining what is going to happen. Using different skills learned at school while mastering different subjects, allows a child to truly bring it home and understand in a very tangible way How Studying is Related To Real Life.
PIXAR is very good at what they do. In reality, they are the BEST in what they do. Sharing their methodology of success, i.e., HOW-TO steps towards excellence in storytelling and animation, is one of the greatest gifts that we could give to our children.
And an interesting part of this is that these learning resources are FREE!!! I stay away from multiple exclamation marks. In PIXAR IN THE BOX case, they are truly appropriate and action-driven – please take your child to KHAN ACADEMY and get her or him on the path of a powerful learning! I’ve been doing it with my children for two years now, and we are blessed beyond any boundaries when it comes to seeing and living through success our kids celebrate.
Make KHAN ACADEMY – PIXAR IN A BOX A Family Activity!
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Towards Fun & Exciting Learning
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The upcoming CARS 3 PIXAR animation has been created using math, and writing, and creative thought, and collaborative method from a few hundred of people at PIXAR. Learning math and stuff, which can be boring for many without a ray of sunshine of how to apply it in future life, can empower our children and give them the vision of what could be accomplished, when we become top stars in science and math.
Watch this latest trailer from CARS 3 and see what math can do for our entertainment and life-long learning!