Nina And The Neurons

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lively science show uses experiments to answer questions.

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Educational Value

Teaches basic science and STEM principles, and demonstrates how experiments can be used to help answer scientific questions. 

Positive Messages

Science is educational, but fun. There’s lots of different ways to answer scientific questions. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nina is a female neuroscientist, understands STEM principles, and knows how to explain things to kids. The young experimenters are from all walks of life, and learn by watching, listening, and doing. 

Violence & Scariness

Nothing violent, but safety is exercised during experiments. 

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Consumerism

In addition to DVDs, some of the songs from the show are also available for purchase. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nina And The Neurons combines live-action, animation, singing, and simple experiments designed to answer a wide-range of simple science and STEM-related questions. Some of the experiments are done in the laboratory, while others are conducted off-site, introducing the young experimenters and viewers to people who are in a position to specifically demonstrate how the science works. At the end of each episode, the Neurons summarize the answers, and Nina does some singing. 

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What's the story?

NINA AND THE NEURONS is a Scottish science series for preschoolers. A neuroscientist named Nina (Katrina Bryan) works in a laboratory and answers science questions from kids across Great Britain. With the help of Felix (James Dreyfus, Lewis MacLeod respectively), Belle (Kelly Harrison), Luke (Patrice Naiambana), Ollie (Siobhan Redmond), and Bud (Sharon Small), animated neurons that represented the five senses, she offers scientific answers to questions, and conducts experiments with the help of the kids who asked each question. Some of the experiments are done in the laboratory, while others are conducted off-site, introducing the young experimenters and viewers to people who are in a position to specifically demonstrate how the science works. At the end of each episode, the Neurons summarize the answers, and Nina does some singing. 

Is it any good?

This lively and informative series is designed to help young children understand basic scientific concepts. With the help of an energetic host, animated characters, and multiple, child-friendly experiments, questions posed by children are answered in ways that are simple to grasp. Meanwhile, the repetition of definitions and answers throughout the episode (which sometimes can make the show feel a little long) helps to retain the information. Whether it's explaining why our tongues are wet, to showing how robots are made, Nina And The Neurons offers kids an excellent and entertaining opportunity to learn more about science and STEM.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the value of studying science. Even if not everyone wants to be an official scientist, why is it important for everyone to learn basic scientific principles? 

  • What is a neuroscientist? How many female neuroscientists do you think there are in real life? 

  • Does Nina And The Neurons make you want to do any experiments of your own? Like what?

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