Xploration Earth 2050

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fascinating look at how technology may change the future.

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Educational Value

The show focuses on STEM topics and their applications to the future of technological advancements. Scientists explain how their work helps people live better lives and gives us insight into unexplored areas. 

Positive Messages

The show inspires curiosity and excitement over how science, technology, engineering, and math advancements are revolutionizing our lives and setting a new course for the future. The idea that there are no limits to where human innovation can take us next is a frequent theme.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show's experts are knowledgeable and excited about their work, and they often express why such advances are important to human life. While they never specifically address the value of STEM education, their success in related fields makes them good role models for kids interested in similar careers. Many of the experts in the science-based fields are women. 

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Some brand names are visible, as in one segment set in a Dansko plant. The host's involvement in the show may spark viewers' interest in his short movies, which are posted online. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Xploration Earth 2050 illustrates how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts are applied in groundbreaking innovations that foreshadow a remarkable future. Each episode explores a different area in which technology is making great advances, from robotics to surgical tools and techniques. Even those without a passion for the sciences will be intrigued by this posited glimpse into the future. Experts include both men and women who excel in a wide variety of specialties and whose work improves people's lives in many ways. This series is a smart choice for families because of its educational quality and its ability to make the sciences look and sound exciting to tweens. 

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What's the story?

XPLORATION EARTH 2050 looks at how innovative technology is leading us into a future that will look vastly different from anything we've ever seen. Hosted by YouTube sensation Joe Penna, the series spotlights modern advancements in STEM-related fields that improve our quality of life and allow us to see far beyond the reaches of our world. From cutting-edge surgical tools that improve medical safety to rovers designed to explore the surface of Pluto, scientists are charting new courses for our future each day. 

Is it any good?

This series ponders what the planet might look like in a few decades' time, and the answer is truly mind-blowing. Some scientists believe that artificial intelligence will blend with robotics to make human-like beings commonplace, for instance, as evidenced by the remarkable inventions that already exist today. They're different sizes and shapes, and each serves a unique purpose, but together they indicate that the stuff of futuristic sci-fi movies is less fiction than you might think.

Xploration Earth 2050 is geared toward tweens and teens who are interested in the sciences, but its appeal isn't limited to this group. Even for the lay observer, these are fascinating stories of human innovation, many with emotional implications for the groups of people they most benefit. Ultimately this intriguing show is a great reminder of the value of STEM education and the limitless possibilities it can inspire. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how technology improves our lives. What examples of technology do you use on a regular basis? Do they make you healthier, more organized, or happier? On the other hand, do they ever complicate your life? What technology do they discuss in Xploration Earth 2050?

  • Is every branch of science explored in this series of equal importance to mankind? If you could choose, where would more resources be directed? What determines the value of a particular cause? Which ones are close to your heart?

  • Tweens: Do you enjoy science- and math-related subjects? Can you see yourself as a scientist? What problems would you like to see solved in the future? How could science help?

  • How does Xploration Earth 2050 promote curiosity? Why is this an important character strength?

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