Having a hard time getting your child involved in school work, but have no trouble with them enjoying their favorite animated shows for hours at a time? Or maybe like our household the kids want to know how the things they are learning applies to the real world, and how they can use it in the future? Either way, the new Pixar in a Box can help kids learn more about the academic academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process.
“For years, we’ve heard from teachers at every grade level interested in creating animation-based curricula,” said Elyse Klaidman, Director, Pixar University and Archives. “We’ve wanted to provide free online resources for them, and Pixar in a Box makes that dream a reality. We hope that it not only gives students a behind-the-scenes look at how our movies are made but also gets them excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts.”
I decided to take a look at Pixar in a Box myself. It is a free online curriculum with video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities. I was impressed at how well it was laid out and how easy it was to navigate and use. Nothing really special or expensive was needed and I could immediately get started with lessons which build upon each other. Lessons take about 1 hour. I would definitely incorporate it into homeschooling or even just fun, learning activities after school or weekends.
“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.”
About Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to change education for the better by providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. We believe that students of all ages should have free, unlimited access to the best educational content, and that they should be able to consume and master this content at their own pace. In addition, we believe that there are incredible opportunities to use intelligent software development, deep data analytics, and intuitive user interfaces to more effectively surface and present these educational resources to students and teachers around the world. Our library of content covers kindergarten to early college math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and reaches into humanities with tutorials on economics, finance, music, philosophy, and art history. We have over 26 million registered students and to date, we have delivered over 580 million lessons and 3.8 billion exercise problems. For further information, visit KhanAcademy.org. (Boilerplate, used by permission).