Brainchild

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommendPopular with kids
Smart, funny series teaches kid-friendly science concepts.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

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Educational Value

Excels at presenting science topics in creative ways that will maintain kids' interest and teach them about concepts like memory, emotions, ocean life, space, digital science. Handy life hacks encourage healthy changes for better energy, comprehension, memory.

 

Positive Messages

Makes complex scientific concepts accessible to kids with engaging content, humor, graphics, special guests, relatable topics. Much to learn in every episode. Overarching message is that learning doesn't have to be boring (yay!), and scientific awareness helps us better understand many different aspects of our lives. By incorporating diverse guests and cast members, show challenges traditional stereotypes about experts in sciences. When content invites it, series also includes affirming messages about emotional well-being and self-esteem -- e.g., life hacks to increase motivation and energy.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cast members -- including host and experts who explain nuts-and-bolts stuff of topics discussed -- are youthful and excited about show's content. They use graphics, video clips to support explanations and evidence in tangible ways, and speak to learning level of grade schoolers without watering down vitals of material presented.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brainchild is a science-inspired educational series that teaches kids about concepts like the senses, neurology, marine biology, and gravity through entertaining visual aids, expert insight, and fun facts. All of the topics are presented at a level that's relatable for kids (especially young tweens), using experiments and creative presentation strategies to reinforce the material. And the youthful host and helpers (a science expert and a sleight-of-hand magician) keep the show engaging throughout. Not only does this series aim to teach kids about science, it also undermines stereotypes about science enthusiasts themselves in the form of its young cast members, two of whom are female. Plus, it offers strong social and emotional messages about self-esteem, self-identity, and being your best you.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6, 10, and 12-year-old Written byJanamfish April 8, 2019

So Disappointed!

My 6yr. old daughter happened to see the “Dreams” episode and was very uncomfortable with the naked boy and the bodies that were painted. She saw this somewhere... Continue reading
Adult Written bynatever March 25, 2019

Nudity, bleeped-out swears, bad behavior

Some fun sciency elements completely ruined by inappropriate behavior including a LOT of bleeped-out swears in one episode and nude painted bodies that literall... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 29, 2020

Good though the first episode-

I find the social media episode mildly incorrect, since the social experiment is just what?? It sounds like they were trying to say “ you are immune to criticis... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 28, 2020

Smart

Brainchild is for kids that need to learn things. I didn't know that dreams were based on memories, because that I didn't know. It helped me learn a l... Continue reading

What's the story?

BRAINCHILD is an educational series that teaches grade schoolers about the scientific concepts they encounter every day, from the truth about germs (Does the five-second rule really work?) to the science behind emotions. Hosted by Sahana Srinivasan, the show introduces a different topic in each episode and explores how it might relate to viewers' experiences. Using a variety of visual aids and some in-depth expertise from "Science Friend" Alie Ward and entertaining demonstrations from magician Ben Seidman, the show teaches kids how and why things work -- and sometimes don't -- in the world around them.

Is it any good?

Learning science has never been as fun as it is in this smart show. This cleverly designed series is a treasure trove of wisdom for kids. Its target audience is early tweens, but there's nothing stopping kids as young as 6 or 7 from enjoying Brainchild's truly welcome and thorough blend of entertainment and education. They may not understand all of it -- especially if they're not solid independent readers yet, as some supporting content like definitions of new vocabulary is written on the screen -- but what they do absorb may spark science-related interest to be cultivated.

With topics that alternate between tangible and intangible scientific concepts and content that entertains as much as it teaches, Brainchild is one of those rare shows that's truly family friendly. Tune in with your kids, and you'll likely learn a little bit about a lot of things along with them. This isn't a thorough educational resource, but it's a smart, engaging show that makes science seem like a lot of fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how character strengths like curiosity drive discovery and invention. How does science give us tools to solve problems and improve our lives? What topics are your kids most curious about with regard to STEM concepts?

  • How does Brainchild demonstrate measurement or analysis processes for intangible concepts like emotions and dreams? Is the study of these topics as valuable as that of more traditional ones like biology, chemistry, and digital science? Is it realistic to imagine we will find all of the answers we seek, or will there always be questions to pursue?

  • How do the shows you watch portray women and girls relative to STEM topics? Are women and girls shown as scientists or mathematicians, or is that unusual? What TV characters do you know of who challenge traditional gender stereotypes?

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