Streaming STEM and Educational Shows

Streaming STEM and Educational Shows

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We are fortunate to have daughters who are interested in learning about all kinds of science. In our school district, the kids have a dedicated science class starting in 3rd grade and it was something both our daughters counted down the days to. Last year, they participated in an engineering class at a local museum and last month were excited to participate in Engineering for Girls at the local university. They’ve each been enthused when invited to participate in engineering, math or other similar projects offered through the Extended Learning Program at school. I won’t even get started on how much they enjoy museums!

Personally, I think their dad has a lot to do with it. He encourages them in so many ways and has always been the biggest advocate for them to play with toys like K’NEX, Snap Circuits and Magnetic Construction Sets. Giving them the opportunity to get hands on with geology by sharing his collection, panning for gold and has taking them to rock and mineral exhibits and trade shows.

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Whether it be consulting the girls on their school science fair project, volunteering for their after school robotics program or helping them with one of the science kits they received as a gift, DH is the one who is their go-to parent. Maybe it all stems back to the quality time they have watching science shows together. Maybe it’s just because he’s an awesome dad.

As an example, the other day we sat down as a family and watched the new series, Cosmos, on TV. They’ve already show quite an interest in learning about STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One of their favorite shows to watch together is How It’s Made and similar shows like How Stuff Works. Since they like to stream shows, it is great that Netflix has such a great variety for them to choose from and it won’t take long before we have two MythBusters fanatics on our hands. Considering how much they enjoy Cosmos, they’re going to be thrilled to discover How the Universe Works.

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One of the things we’ve emphasized to the kids is the need for balance between electronics and physical activities. They’re involved in athletics and we run, bike and attend the gym as a family. When at home, we’ve explained that as long as they use their iPads wisely, we won’t put restrictions on them. Sure they can watch random videos and play apps but we explain that incorporating educational videos and apps into their schedule is a great way for us to look the other way on how much screen time they’re getting. As they continue to log into Netflix using their own profiles, they’ll continue to get recommendations on other things to watch. Their watch lists will contain a mixture of blockbuster movies, kids’ shows, retro TV, educational shows and documentaries.

How the Universe Works #NetflixKids

Proud to have been invited to be a member of the Netflix Stream Team!We’ve been so excited about the invitation to join the Netflix Stream Team and can’t wait to share regular features with you! Take a few minutes to check out the amazing list of available science shows for kids of all ages. No time for family “movie” night? Consider an abbreviated version watching something a bit shorter! Try anything from Jimmy Neutron and The Magic School Bus for the younger generation to Build it Bigger to Extreme Engineering for the older crowd. If you introduce your children to these types of activities when they are young… Just like DH did with our kids… and you may be surprised by the results! They may actually ASK if they can sign up for cool science stuff instead of being told they have to!

Would you give your kids more screen time if they were streaming S.T.E.M shows?

Nicole

About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked as an ambassador for brands such as Netflix, U.S. Cellular and K'NEX, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two beautiful teen daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere playing board games.

45 comments on «Streaming STEM and Educational Shows»

  1. My nine year old is obsessed with the Mythbusters and How Stuff Works. I swear that I have a budding engineer on my hands with him.

  2. Terry says:

    Science is one thing that I was never good at, but I do like watching Myth Busters. I need to watch the show Cosmos.

  3. Veronica says:

    I love mythbusters! I am still reeling from the one about the US first voyage to the moon.
    I would love to take my kids

  4. My children pretty much only watch educational shows, which I think is important. I’m not sure I would give them more time sitting in front of the TV when streaming educational shows was concerned-but they could always watch something different during their allowed TV time.

  5. Liz Mays says:

    There’s definitely something fascinating about science-based shows. We all want to know how things work!

  6. Ronnie says:

    I am SO incredibly jealous of your girls. I wish I had all those opportunities as a kid!! My mom thought a proper lady didn’t learn science, so she would hide all my books from me and place me in daily 3 hour modelling and etiquette classes. ;'( Not that I’m not thankful that I can walk straight and do my hair nowadays, but gosh… I would have loved engineering classes!!

  7. becca says:

    yep girls like science to and I love the show Myth buster so cool.

  8. I would absolutely let me children watch shows with an educational value. Learning should always be encouraged.

  9. Yes, Girls do love science! My daughter will seriously sit and watch Myth Busters right along with her brothers. It is so entertaining for all of us!

  10. Girls like science! And I love Myth busters, such a great show.

  11. Pam says:

    My kids love Mythbusters. They also really liked The Magic Schoolbus when they were little. It’s great that Netflix has all these educational TV shows!

  12. There is some great shows out there now that are really enjoyable as well as educational – I always remember them being so dull when I was young. x

  13. Kristen @ kristenione says:

    Looks like you’ve got some cute and smart little girls! I love science now but hated it as a kid. Sounds like you have the right approach, showing them hands on things to help them learn. I am loving Cosmos and we’ve also watched How the Universe Works. Fascinating stuff!

  14. Annie says:

    Yes to Mythbusters! I love watching that show as well 🙂

  15. My kids both love How Stuff Works, it is so neat to see it without them taking apart everything we own (which is what I did as a child!). I love shows that help to build on learning in a fun way.

  16. I don’t think I have ever watch science films way back – or maybe I did but didn’t put any attention to it – but it was fun but I wasn’t engage as much, lol! But looking back, it’s always fascinating how things works – how science works.

  17. Amanda says:

    Science is awesome!! Looks like you all had so much fun!!

  18. Tess says:

    We love mythbusters too! I cant wait to watch the “how the universe works”.

  19. Rosey says:

    This is a fun post. We love learning about Science, and I love that canon picture, it totally made me laugh out loud!

  20. We don’t watch a lot of TV, but that may change as my little guy gets older. Right now, it’s Baby Einstein with the occasional Sesame Street!

  21. Lawna says:

    I definitely need to introduce my children into more science shows. We have Netflix, so I will have to check them out.

  22. Toni says:

    We love Myth Busters. My kids area always wanting to try the experiments they do.

  23. I have to say, these are great for kids, but they are fun shows for adults, too! LOL (Not that I know from personal experience or anything…:) )

  24. Erica says:

    This is a great list. We love Myth Busters and How Things Work shows! I think STEM is so important for kids to learn about!

  25. It’s so important to encourage young girls to learn about science and technology. I love the idea behind this initiative.

  26. Dawn says:

    I always loved science when I was a school and majored in a science in college! My husband and I watch How The Universe Works a lot, too!

  27. Katie says:

    we love science shows! I’m excited about Netflix having kids science shows.

  28. Definitely! I’m tired of hearing that guys are the only ones that love science. We girls love it too!

  29. My favourite school trip ever wast to a science museum.And Panning for gold!! I used to LOVE doing that!

  30. Michele says:

    Even way back when my Dad used to tell me I could do and be anything I wanted to be–unusual back them. He also encouraged me to learn by doing. Your daughters are very lucky to have a Dad who is willing to work with them–they will always remember!! I am also happy to hear that they are interested in science!

  31. We watch Myth Busters a lot. Miss K is only 3 so she hasn’t quite gotten into the fun science projects just yet, but I’m sure it won’t be long. Thanks for sharing these shows. I will have to check How the Universe Works. Sounds pretty interesting.

  32. Jennifer H says:

    My son is so into science right now. I should have him watch the shows, I bet he’d love it!

  33. Crystal says:

    We watched Cosmos the other day, too! I’m trying to get my kids more involved in things besides computers, too. I don’t think science is it for us right now, but they do seem to enjoy history.

  34. LyndaS says:

    I don’t really keep up with the amount of screen time my kids have had. They are both good students and math and science seem to come naturally to them. I do need to work on getting them outside a lot more.

  35. Jen says:

    We love the Magic School bus on Netflix! WE don’t have a specific screen time limit, just a general enough-is-enough if it gets out of hand. But yeah – if they are watching something educational, I am more likely to leave it on longer.

  36. That looks so amazing and educational. With us homeschooling, we are constantly on the lookout for things like this to take the boys to.

  37. My girls LOVE to watch Discovery Channel, and all the shows you mention, though “Extreme Engineering”Is new to us, but something my 13 year old will LOVE! She obsessed with all things science and has been keeping a stack of notes on her “inventions”. I love how you empower your girls to be in control of their electronics time and give them the tools to make wise choices. Great example to follow. 🙂

  38. Rachel says:

    So glad I found this site. I’m a WAHM and am always looking for ways to enrich my son’s homeschool curriculum.

  39. Stephen says:

    Good to know! Ty

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