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Introduces early science concepts and emphasizes positive social-emotional lessons.
Themes around failure being part of learning, perseverance, and helping others.
Positive Role Models
Ada, Rosie, and Iggy are all curious kids who talk about failure being part of science. They are kind to one another and want to solve people's problems.
Main character Ada and her family are Black, and Ada talks about how she likes being Black. The four Twist family members get a lot of screen time and have very different personalities. There's strong female representation -- Ada is a scientist and Rosie is an engineer, and Ada and Iggy both have positively portrayed working mothers. Iggy's parents are divorced and have a friendly relationship. The real-life scientists are racially diverse as well.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some affection between married parents, brief kisses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ada Twist, Scientist is a preschool TV series based on the popular book series of the same name. The show is a good way to get preschoolers interested in science and offers great representation with a Black girl scientist as the lead. The characters are positive role models and want to help others. There's not much iffy content other than parents talking about being in love and kissing each other briefly. Otherwise, Ada Twist is a fun way to spark mini scientists' curiosity.
Is It Any Good?
As you would expect from something from the creative minds of Chris Nee (Doc McStuffins, We the People) and the Obamas' Higher Ground production company, there's a lot to like about this show. Ada Twist, Scientist transforms the popular book into a 3-D world, and fleshes out the charming characters and their personalities. By approaching relatable preschool problems through the scientific method, Ada Twist helps to make nebulous STEM concepts concrete for young kids. Every episode also features video field trips with real-life scientists related to the theme. After Ada, Iggy, and Rosie learn about the science of baking, a real-life chef explains the science of baking powder; after they build a machine to take care of plants, a robotics engineer shares his plant care robot. Preschoolers will enjoy this fun series, and learn a ton along the way. Grown-ups be warned: Don't be surprised if your tiny scientists start building contraptions or performing messy experiments like their on-screen examples. But who knows? They might make some great discoveries along the way.
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