The new Netflix Original Series from MGA Entertainment (yes, the makers of our beloved Lalaloopsy!) and AwesomenessTV focuses on a quartet of smart girls with plenty of science skills - far from “nerdy,” they show that “Smart is the New Cool” as they’re recruited into an International Spy Organization known as NOV8 (“innovate”). They incorporate elements of S.T.E.A.M. into each episode in a way that’s relatable for older kids, but with characters who are (probably unintentionally) easy to look up to for younger kids.
Growing up with some of the homegrown science experiments that were brought into living rooms by pioneers like Don Herbert with MR. WIZARD’S WORLD (an inspiration for BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY, also on Netflix) it’s easy to see PROJECT Mc2 as carrying that torch.
Addie was thrilled to dig into a “Top Secret” package that arrived at our door this past Friday - quickly left behind by the driver of a mysterious brown-and-gold truck that we’ve seen slowly cruising the neighborhood before. Inside, she would find an assortment of simple science experiments that would use everyday household items like string, vegetable oil, food coloring, salt and straws. With her notebook and goggles ready, the action was ready to begin… and soon she would learn that part of experimentation is failure, and that it sometimes takes several chances before the desired result will be achieved.
While there’s just three episodes of PROJECT Mc2 available for now, I fully expect it to catch on - backed by a collection of dolls that each come with their own experiment. And, there’s even an Ultimate Lab Kit that looks exactly like the one the girls use on the show, and it comes packed with projects ripe for discovery.
With Back-to-School season officially here, PROJECT Mc2 is a perfect way to start the new year.
PROJECT Mc2 is available to stream now on Netflix. THE ROCK FATHER is part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, bringing you viewing tips, programming news and adventures on a monthly basis.