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Parents need to know that Hero Elementary is an exceptionally crafted animated series about four young kids who are learning how to use their superpowers and their knowledge of science to solve problems and help others. In addition to prominent themes of kindness, teamwork, and creative thinking, the characters’ experiences demonstrate for kids the value of curiosity, as it inspires all of the learning and helping that they do. As the heroes apply methods like observation, investigation, and prediction, their viewers gain familiarity with the basic concepts and how they work in simple scenarios. Kids also get exposure to neurodiversity in a character who has autism and deals with sensory issues like sensitivity to loud noise, always with the compassionate help of his friends. This pleasant series has a lot to offer young audiences and is written in such a way that parents won’t mind watching alongside kids.
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What's the story?
In HERO ELEMENTARY, four young superheroes in the making learn to use their powers -- and their knowledge of science -- to solve problems within their community. Lucita Sky (voiced by Veronica Hortiguela), Sara Snap (Stephany Seki), Benny Bubbles (Stacey DePass), and AJ Gadgets (Jadiel Dowlin) are known collectively as Sparks' Crew, named after their enthusiastic teacher, Mr. Sparks (Carlos Diaz), who always finds exciting ways to help them train and hone their skills. No matter the trouble that befalls their neighbors, these young heroes respond quickly and cooperate eagerly to find a scientific solution that works.
Is it any good?
Applied science is the fifth hero in this all-around winner of a series that is packed with positive content for kids. Sure, superpowers are fun (especially Benny’s ability to conjure bubbles at will!), but it’s the team’s measured use of observation, making and testing theories, and always, always asking questions that usually makes the difference in their success. Along the way, kids learn about concepts like classification and momentum as they relate to what’s going on in the story and at a teaching level that’s just right for them.
Hero Elementary also stands out for its outstanding inclusiveness, both with regard to the cultural diversity that’s present among the heroes and within their community, and to its putting an autistic character in the mix making his differences the story itself. The fact that AJ is on the spectrum isn’t a major or disruptive factor to the show; rather it’s presented as just part of the characters' reality and an issue that needs some extra understanding on his friends' part now and again. For families, though, it can start a dialogue about respect and non-bias as these matters relate to kids' experiences with their own peer groups.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how curiosity inspires learning opportunities. How do the characters in Hero Elementary act on their curiosity? What kinds of topics make you want to learn more about them?
How do AJ's friends show that they respect the qualities that make him different from them? How do you feel when you are around people who accept you just as you are? Why is kindness important?
The heroes use their knowledge of science to solve problems for themselves and for others they know. Where in your daily life do you see science at work? How does it help to understand it?
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