Pharrell Launches STEM Learning to Netflix with ‘Brainchild’
“That’s because at the core of the plight of children of color in this country is a lack of access to actionable education.” – Pharrell Williams
If you are like me and have kids at home during the “Stay at Home” ordinance, you may be looking for supplementary materials or educational programming for teaching them science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Thanks to Netflix, the show “Brain Child” has lesson plans and student handouts for FREE at home or through the school. Pharrell Williams is the executive producer of “Brain Child”, a spinoff of “Brain Games” which was televised on National Geographic Channel for seven seasons and earned a Primetime Emmy nomination in 2013.
Pharrell William’s is not just a pop star, but also a father. He has been actively seeking projects that he can share with his own kids. He is a new dad of triplets in addition to his 10-year old son. His fanbase has expanded to young fans after his song “Happy” off the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack. He contacted his agent at William Morris Endeavor (WME) and stated an interest in wanting to launch a show with kids. Pharrell mentioned that his excitement to work on a show with kids started after he watched “Brain Games” at home with his wife and his kid. “It’s especially important to me to get STEAM-focused programming in front of minority communities,” he explains in an interview with Variety Magazine.
The host, Shanan Srinivasan, is one of the only female leads of color on an internationally distributed science or documentary series. The show’s first season was released on Nov. 2, 2018, and features 13 episodes.
- Work Cited
- Pharrell Williams brings STEAM learning to new Netflix …. https://thegrio.com/2019/03/25/pharrell-williams-netflix-steam-kids/
- Pharrell Williams Executive Produces Kids Show ‘Brainchild …. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/pharrell-brainchild-netflix-show-interview-1203168125/
- New Netflix Show ‘Brainchild’ Makes Science Fun For Kids. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/27/688810237/new-netflix-show-brainchild-makes-science-fun-for-kids