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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Positive Energy is an educational show that explores innovations in green technology. The hosts travel to Asia, Africa, and the Americas to highlight solutions that various scientists and engineers have developed to help people find solutions to energy issues. Many of the communities visited are underserved and don't have access to plumbing and electricity. This National Geographic show is sponsored by the Shell Corporation, and many scientists and products featured have connections to the company. Character strengths include teamwork and perseverance.
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What's the Story?
In POSITIVE ENERGY, hosts Dallas Campbell (Bang Goes the Theory) and Kari Byron (Mythbusters) are on the hunt for clean, green energy solutions that can help everyday people, while benefiting the planet. They travel to places like Brazil, Kenya, China, and the U.S. to look at eco-innovations that are changing lives. Their goal is to inform audiences, while making their show the first carbon-neutral television production on record. Can they meet their goal?
Is It Any Good?
Though many shows about the state of the environment focus on the problems our planet faces, this show turns to solutions in a cheerful and engaged manner. In keeping with the title, inventions that are making clean living possible deliver feel-good vibes in Positive Energy.
Kids who like science shows will appreciate the tech that's making real change for underserved populations; an LED light with clock-type gear systems that use gravity as a power source is particularly cool. Adults can also enjoy the travel element and fun engagement with communities. Be aware, though, that Positive Energy has major backing from Shell, a fact that might dilute the show's pure intentions.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how shows like Positive Energy promote teamwork. Without teamwork, how would communities like those featured in this show solve their problems?
Finding solutions to important issues like those tackled in this show takes hard work and perseverance. Can you name three areas of your life where your perseverance has paid off?
Do you enjoy a constant supply of energy in your dwelling? How is your life similar to or different from the people in this show?
- Premiere date: February 2, 2017
- Cast: Kari Byron, Dallas Campbell
- Network: Disney+
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Activism, STEM, Science and Nature
- Character Strengths: Communication, Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 22, 2023
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