Annedroids, a flipping adorable live-action Amazon instant video show created by Emmy-nominated J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan) and Sinking Ship Entertainment, features a young female scientist, her human friends and their android assistants, and the amazing scientific discoveries they make while undertaking the biggest experiment of them all: growing up. The series spotlights, through trial and error, how science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) can inspire children to do great things.
OM-GOSH, I love this series so very much! It’s one of those shows that isn't terribly cheesy and believably delivers a positive and affirmative message: that children can and should use their natural intelligence to engage their environment in imaginative ways!
Annedroids shows that you don’t need expensive chemistry sets and futuristic equipment to be creative and scientific. Experiments and discovery can come from things that would otherwise make their way to a garbage dump. Thus inspired by National Recycling Week, the kiddies and I created our own random and fun experiments. We made bubble wands to go along with home-made bubble juice, made volcanoes and re-purposed paper towel rolls.
While science fiction has grown in popularity the former (science) rather than the ladder (fiction) is being neglected in modern popular children’s series. Anne and her friends' adventures provide many opportunities to showcase the key processes of STEM, which are often not addressed well in children's television programming. This includes processes involved with identifying problems and asking questions, making plans and creating prototypes, experimenting and testing, reflecting and revising. In particular, it is good to see that Anne and her friends learn as much from failure as success, and see the failures as opportunities to try new things. http://www.amazon.com/annedroids
Not surprisingly, Anne, the main character of Annedroids, was recently named one of TV's Best Role Models of 2014 by Common Sense media. When faced with a problem, she sees only possibilities-- no amount of failure ever dampens her spirit. Where most people see junk, Anne sees possibility. And these are the exact ideals I want my kids to adopt!
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