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The Math Behind Transformers

Hello all STEM lovers, it is time to be amazed by the world of Math. Engineering April has just finished and now it’s time to introduce you all to Math May! During the entire month of May we will be focusing on the “M” part of STEM: Math! Don’t be scared. Math can be super fun… Stay tuned for challenges, jokes, information, opportunities and much more!

Math May!

Today we will discuss the Math behind our first theme of the summer, Transformers. Our Transformers weeks are from July 2nd – 5th and July 29th – August 2nd. You can register your child today on our website! Be sure to hurry as locations are filling up quickly!

The Transformers movies were such a hit that people often forget that there is The Transformers cartoon TV series. This series ran for four seasons consisting of 98 episodes that were filled with adventure. However, what some of you might not also know is that this series couldn’t be possible without using math!

Splining

Watching the Transformers moving effortlessly and smoothly while battling one another is quite amazing. However, there’s so much work that goes on behind the scenes to make animated shows happen. Every movement, step or punch, requires an extra calculation called “splining”. Splining is the process that connects all of a characters movements together. An animator will draw the characters main poses and translates it into a spreadsheet. Then they translate it to a computer which calculates the “in between” poses. The director will then choose how he wants these splines done. Every spline dictates how the movement will appear.

Splining In Action

For example, if a scene was created where Optimus Prime had to pick up Megatron the animators would have to make Megatron appear heavy. The animators know that Optimus Prime’s movements would have to appear as if he was exerting effort. So they would need to calculate the spline accordingly and the points on the graph will be plotted further apart from one another. If they were plotted close to one another, then Megatron would have appeared to weigh nothing, making the scene not believable.

Come on… Doesn’t the thought that cartoons need Math to exist make you fall in love with Math? And there is more. This is just the beginning of Math May!

STEM Careers!

If you want to get your children on the right track to have a STEM career be sure to register them in one of our camps today! Help them discover all of the different possibilities there are to have a career in STEM. Who knows… they could be the next generation to create a fantastic TV series.

Don’t forget to follow our social media pages to learn all kinds of interesting facts about Math during the month of May. This will include important information about our camp themes, special promotions and contests! Also check out our blog to stay up to date with all things STEM related!

Check out blog about ways to engage children in STEM!

References

Shore, E. (2017, April 6). Math behind the movies? McGill. Retrieved from https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/general-science/math-behind-movies