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Disney and Kahn Academy Imagineering materials.
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Jun 01, 2020 2020-06-01

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Interdisciplinary Student-Driven Projects

Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show students in middle school and high school how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. The program, from Khan Academy, takes a behind-the-scenes look with Disney Imagineers and makes it an active learning experience by weaving together videos and exercises into lessons that culminate in student-driven projects. The goal is to make students aware of careers they never knew existed and deepen their understanding of the process, concepts, and terminology of the creative workplace. The content can be used in a wide range of contexts: the arts, humanities, math, and science. It can be used as part of a one-week to one-month-long project that students can do alone or in groups. As in the workplace, all of the lessons are interdisciplinary, yet focused in different ways. Lesson 1, “Creating Worlds,” is art and design focused (activities done with physical materials). Lesson 2, “Designing Attractions,” is art and math focused (physical and computer-based activities). Lesson 3, “Bringing Characters to Life,” is art and engineering focused (physical and computer-based activities). An Educator’s guide for each lesson summarizes the activities for that lesson.

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