A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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
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, evidence to support explanations in tangible ways and speak to learning level of grade schoolers without watering down vitals of material presented.
Youthful, majority-female main cast and South Asian host. Their clear, thoughtful explanations demonstrate self-confidence and legitimacy as scientific experts and educators. Supporting cast includes various ethnicities and many women. Content is mostly apolitical; in particular, history of science typically isn't included -- leaving out potential ethnic and gendered controversies.
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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.
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 series that shows science to be fun.
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