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Dot shows kids how technology can be used as an effective learning tool. The series incorporates many aspects of STEM learning, including the natural sciences and simple robotics.
Dot's curiosity leads her to new experiences that teach her something important. She values friendship and her relationship with her parents above everything else. STEM concepts are presented in simple ways that will generate interest among kids.
Positive Role Models
Dot is imaginative, self-confident, and enthusiastic about learning and doing new things -- her curiosity shines. She's a loyal friend and a willing student of her parents' expertise when they help teach her things. Most admirable, though, is how she balances her technology time with her screen-free time. The fact that she's a girl helps defy traditional gender roles related to STEM subjects. Her best friend, Hal, is African-American.
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The show is inspired by a book by Randi Zuckerberg.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dot. is based on a picture book by Randi Zuckerberg and centers on a curious 8-year-old who uses technology, math, and science concepts to learn new things, but it's never at the expense of real-world experiences and the people she cares about. For Dot and her family, it's all about balance, so much attention is given to the times when she acknowledges she's ready to unplug. The show sets out to expose kids -- and girls in particular -- to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts in an inviting, age-appropriate way through the likable, self-confident titular character. As a bonus, it presents Dot's parents as her role models and educator, and her friends as positive influences in her life.
Is It Any Good?
This exuberant star is an excellent role model for kids, and the show's focus on STEM concepts presents math and science topics in a really fun way. Dot. doesn't shy away from showing its star with modern devices such as tablets and robots; rather it embraces the almost mandatory role these tools and the technology play in today's educational environment. The fact that Dot is such a careful user is a big plus as well, reminding kids that for all its benefits, technology can only go so far. There's still a lot it can't do, especially when compared to human relationships and hands-on experiences with the natural world.
To this end, every episode winds up with Dot speaking directly to viewers about her need to unplug and happily disconnecting to play with her dog or spend quality time with her family. Surrounded by worthwhile STEM content, it's this emphasis on setting limits and creating a healthy balance between digital endeavors and real-life experiences that really stands out in this exceptional series.
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