Now this is cool. On October 13 at 12pm ET/PT, Nickelodeon will introduce children viewers to the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with the hour-long premiere of the brand-new, interactive animated series, BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES. Touted as “the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM in every episode,” BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES follows a monster truck named Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ. Figure in a nine-year-old little girl named Gabby that serves as head mechanic, and you can count me in for my little monster truck-loving girls as the series explores the physics of how things move – tackling problems through scientific inquiry and mathematics, while discovering the parts needed to make everyday technologies work. Check out a few preview clips below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER…
Blaze and the Monster Machines is unlike any other preschool show on TV because of its rich interactive curriculum focused entirely on STEM. Blaze gets children excited about STEM by encouraging their curiosity about how things work, which will help them get ready for school and their future in today’s high-tech world.
-Teri Weiss, EVP of Production and Development, Nickelodeon Preschool
Meet the residents of Axle City:
- Blaze- Blaze is Axle City’s greatest hero and its number-one racer! He knows everything about science, technology, engineering, and math.
- AJ-Blaze’s pal and driver. He’s a technology expert who knows all about different machines and how they work.
- Crusher- Blaze’s biggest rival, Crusher, is a tractor-trailer that will do anything to beat the other racers to the finish line.
- Pickle-Crusher’s over-enthusiastic and underappreciated sidekick.
- Gabby-Mechanic with serious monster truck know-how.
- Darington-Ultimate showman who loves to dazzle with amazing tricks and stunts.
- Stripes-Impetuous tiger truck who is always ready for action.
- Starla-Hootin’, hollerin’ cowgirl Monster Machine.
- Zeg- Part monster machine, part triceratops, Zeg is Blaze’s best prehistoric pal.
In the hour-long series premiere, “Blaze of Glory,” Blaze and AJ are introduced to a world of racing monster machines in the town of Axle City. When Crusher, a troublemaker truck, uses his dirty tricks to try to win the championship race, Blaze does everything he can to help his friends and beat him to the finish line. Throughout the adventure, preschoolers will be introduced to STEM concepts including buoyancy and trajectory. The series launch will be followed by three weeks of premieres in its regular timeslot at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Check out more on the official site.
Now, the kids don’t know this yet, but I’ve seen a couple of preview episodes. Just making sure it’s good, and from what I’ve seen so far, I can dig.