The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition

July 1, 2017 to January 7, 2018

This fall your students can learn all about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from Toy Story to Inside Out.

To Book: 

- Fill out the Online Request Form, or; 

- Call the Bookings Office at 780-451-3344

Along the way, they will come face-to-face with re-creations of their favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E.

With more than 40 interactive exhibit elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process, giving students the inside scoop behind the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day.

Students can discover:

  • Why 90% of all the monsters in the animated Pixar film Monsters Inc. have Mike’s tongue.
  • Why none of the human characters in Ratatouille have any toes! 
  • How a small team of artists created 1,000 unique props in the interior of WALL•E's truck, and;
  • Why it took a whole week to produce just 4 seconds of animation for the movie Up!

Enhance your field trip experience! Our School Program Specialists have created two new and exciting programs, inspired by The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition, to complement your visit:

Check out The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition Educator Guide, complete with Learner Objectives and Activity Sheets. Create a truly unique field trip experience for your class with the Field Trip Guide, and Flash Cards.

Alberta Curriculum Connections

Grade Skills/Specific Outcomes (SO)/General Outcomes (GO)
Grade 1

1-1 Bring focus to investigative activities, based on their own questions and those of others.

1-2 Describe materials and objects that have been observed and manipulated, and identify what was done and found out.

1-4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.

1-5 Identify and evaluate methods for creating colour and for applying colours to different materials.

1-7 Construct objects and models of objects using a variety of different materials.

1-8 Identify the purpose of different components in a personally constructed object or model, and identify corresponding components in a related object or model.

Grade 2

2-2 Recognize pattern and order in objects and events studied; and, with guidance, record procedures and observations, using pictures and words; and make predictions and generalizations, based on observations.

2-4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.

Grade 3

3-2 Identify patterns and order in objects and events studied; and, with guidance, record observations, using pictures, words and charts; and make predictions and generalizations, based on observations.

3-4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.

Grade 4

4-2 Identify patterns and order in objects and events studied; and record observations, using pictures, words and charts, with guidance in the construction of charts; and make predictions and generalizations, based on observations.

4-3 Investigate a practical problem, and develop a possible solution.

4-4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.

4-9 Identify sources of light, describe the interaction of light with different materials, and infer the pathway of a light beam.

Grade 5

5-2 Recognize the importance of accuracy in observation and measurement; and, with guidance, apply suitable methods to record, compile, interpret and evaluate observations and measurements.

5-3 Design and carry out an investigation of a practical problem, and develop a possible solution.

5-4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.

Grade 6

6-2 Recognize the importance of accuracy in observation and measurement; and apply suitable methods to record, compile, interpret and evaluate observations and measurements.

6-4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.

6-8 Apply observation and inference skills to recognize and interpret patterns and to distinguish a specific pattern from a group of similar patterns.

6-9 Apply knowledge of the properties and interactions of materials to the investigation and identification of a material sample.

Grade 7 to 9 

Foundation 3: Skills - Students will develop the skills required for scientific and technological inquiry, for solving problems, for communicating scientific ideas and results, for working collaboratively and for making informed decisions.

Foundation 4: Scientific Inquiry - Students will be encouraged to develop attitudes that support active inquiry, problem solving and decision making.

Foundation 4: Collaboration - Students will be encouraged to develop attitudes that support collaborative activity.

This exhibition was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. © Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.


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