Go See The Science Behind Pixar at the Museum of Science in Boston

Tablettoddlers took the family to “The Science Behind Pixar” exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston over the holiday weekend.

Created by the Museum of Science and Pixar, and featuring more than 40 interactive exhibit elements, The Science Behind Pixar demonstrates the technology that supports the creativity and artistry of Pixar’s storytellers. The exhibition is broken into eight distinct sections, each focusing on a step of the filmmaking process – Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets & Cameras, Animation, Simulation, Lighting, and Rendering – providing visitors with a unique view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day.

We were inspired by the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters, most notably Inside Out, Toy Story, Cars, and Brave.

This interactive 10,000 square foot exhibition, in Boston until Jan. 10.  Admission is separate from the general Exhibit Halls and cost $29 for adults and $26 for kids ages 3-11.

We can’t recommend highly enough.

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibit

 

Watch Two Kids Try to Figure Out How a Walkman Works

From the Business Insider post:

“Walkmans are, believe it or not, already slipping out of our cultural memory. When one mom found an old Walkman and cassette tapes from the 80s, she decided to see if her kids could make any sense of them. The video is evidence that they had many amusing difficulties even understanding how the thing actually worked. They do finally figure it out, but not before puzzling over the ribbon (“Definitely don’t pull the ribbon”), and fumbling around various ways the tape should go into the player.”

Microsoft Is Doing Something Really Smart With Minecraft

From the Time magazine post:

So this may be what, when Microsoft paid a bazillion dollars for Minecraft last year and everyone said “This could go really, really well or really, really poorly,” would be an example of it going pretty darned well: Microsoft is joining hands with Code.org (the diversity-focused nonprofit aiming to massively popularize computer science) to bring Minecraft to a major coding event next month.

Meet Moochies – A New Smartwatch That Keeps Tabs on Your Children

It might kind of look like a regular wristwatch for kids, but Moochies is much more than that.

In fact, this quirky child-friendly device in the guise of a watch is actually a mobile phone with 2G connectivity that allows you to call your children any time you want – without the worries that come with handing over an expensive internet-enabled smartphone to your child.

Check out this video to find out more.

Moochies

Your Smartphone May be Stunting Your Child’s Development

Interesting video on Business Insider in which Dan Siegel, founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, advocates caution in putting an electronic device in front of children to distract them.  The major takeaway:  don’t allow these devices to stunt important development.