Heads up, parents of preschoolers: There’s a new animated series on Netflix and it doesn’t involve princesses or superheroes. Described as “feel good,” “educational,” and “kids music,” Ada Twist, Scientist stars 8-year-old scientist Ada Twist, who uncovers scientific mysteries together with her friends Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect. The animated preschool series streams on Netflix on September 28.
Here are five reasons why this series is worth watching:
It’s by Barack and Michelle Obama.
Ada Twist, Scientist is by High Ground Productions, a company founded by the former US President and First Lady. Among its projects are the documentaries Crip Camp, Becoming, and the Academy-Award-winning American Factory, as well as the Kevin Hart dramedy Fatherhood and the children’s healthy cooking series Waffles + Mochi. (Read: WATCH: Michelle Obama to Host Children’s Food Show on Netflix)
It’s based on a book.
Author Andrea Beaty’s award-winning children’s books illustrated by David Roberts provided the inspiration behind the animated series.
It has a celebrity cast.
Ada Twist is voiced by Black Box actress Amanda Christine, Taye Diggs (All Americans) voices Dad Twist, and Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us) is Mom Twist. (Read: 3 Reasons You Should Watch ‘Mitchells vs. The Machines’ on Netflix)
It champions diversity and girl power.
The series’ protagonist is an 8-year-old Black girl, details that were important to executive producer Chris Nee.
“As a fan of the books, I was taken with the diverse characters, striking designs, and vital message that science matters. Plus, Ada fulfills my personal need to populate children’s television with strong girls who aren’t afraid to be the smartest kid in the room,” she said in a press statement.
It promotes STEAM/STEM.
Though they’re too young to know what they want to be when they grow up, impressionable preschoolers may consider a course or career in science technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM, or STEM in the Philippines’s K-12 program) when the time comes. (Read: Three female astronauts who’ll inspire you to go after your dreams)
Ada Twist, Scientist sends a clear message: that little girls can be scientists too!