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b.BRILLIANT: MAKER TV

Join Alex as she and her fellow makers explore the world by creating with new technology, interviews with experts to help solve problems, and uncovering the mysteries of “BB”, a mischievous lab A.I. that seemingly likes to help, but also likes to cause some problems for b.Brilliant’s teacher: Mr.Lingley.  Plus, after watching the show follow the b.Brilliant Maker Guide to create the projects at home or in-class.

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EPISODES & MAKER GUIDES

Ep.1: Pollinators
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Pollinator facts

Get facts about pollinators.

Maker Guide: Pollinators

Alex is introduced to “BB” the lab’s mysterious A.I. who starts to show its quirky personality. She then joins her fellow makers to learn about pollinators by making a bee hotel, coding a thermometer to help measure the temperature in a beehive and explores a garden with an entomologist, who is a scientist who studies insects! 

Activity 1: Pollinators & how to help

Actvity 2: Make a bee hotel

Activity 3: Code a beehive fan

Ep.2: Renewable Energy
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Solar oven

Make a solar oven and bake smores!

Maker Guide: Renewable Energy

Mr. Lingley is blown-away by BB who tests hurricane wind speeds in the lab, while Alex and her fellow makers explore a hydroelectricity dam, learn about wind power by coding a ‘fan-turbine’ and bake s’mores with the power of the sun!

Activity 1: Make a solar oven

Activity 2: Visit a hydro electricity dam

Activity 3: Code a wind-turbine

Ep. 3: Life on Land
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Nature journal

Using carboard, tape, ribbon and more create your own nature journal.

Maker Guide: Wildlife

BB experiments with telling a joke, while Alex and Mr.Lingley learn some interesting facts about bats,  build a bat house, learn how to create a wildlife camera, and make a nature journal. 

Activity 1: Make a nature journal 

Activity 2: Make a bat house 

Activity 3: Code a wildlife camera 

 

Ep.4: Manufacturing
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Cards for a cause

Looking to raise money for your school or event? Why not make and bundle greeting cards. Learn how!

Maker Guide: Manufacturing

Alex gets a big surprise from BB! Then visits an entrepreneur to learn how to up-cycle single use plastic bags to help the homeless, explores how to code and make a mask that lights up, and learns to create pop-up greeting cards to raise funds for a good cause. 

Activity 1: Make fundraising greeting cards 

Activity 2: Make plarn mats

Activity 3: Code a light up mask

Ep.5: BioMaking
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Bio-dyes

Learn how to make your own bio-dye from vegetables from your garden.

Maker Guide: Bio-making

Mr. Lingley shares a ‘leather-like’ material that kids can grow at home. While Alex and her fellow makers learn more about Kombucha Leather using SCOBY, explore 3D design and laser cutting to make a bracelet and visit Newfoundland to create a tie-dyed t-shirt using natural dyes from vegetables.  

Activity 1: Make bio-dyes

Activity 2: Make & grow bio-leather

Activity 3: Make a Tinkercad design

Ep.6: Future communities
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Designing a community

Students are creating communties of the future at Dorchester Consolidated School. Be inspired and make your own using cardboard, Minecraft or other tools/materials. 

Maker Guide: Community of the future

 Makers from Dorchester, New Brunswick, share facts about their town and think about the things it may need in the future.  Then, Elora, an Urban Planner from Halifax shares how a city street has changed over the past 100 years and what she and her team are doing to make streets more accessible and safer for people of all ages.  Once back at the lab tensions rise as BB doesn’t recognize Mr.Lingley and refuses to let him pass.  To help understand what’s happening, Alex connects with Makers in St.John’s Newfoundland & Labrador to learn more about machine learning and filters. 

Activity 1: Make & design a community 

Activity 2: Explore urban planning 

Activity 3: Code to create a facial recognition program 

Ep.7: Sustainable water
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Harvesting rainwater

Learn about rainwater catchment systems and how you can make your own to help water plants. 

Maker Guide: Clean water

Mr.Lingley is surprised by BB who is experimenting with water and practical jokes.  Alex learns how kids can make their own water catchment system and the importance of monitoring rivers to help keep habitats healthy.  Then, sisters Megan and Caitlin share a project that can measure humidity in the soil. 

Activity 1: Make a water catchment system 

Activity 2: Explore how experts monitor waterways 

Activity 3: Code a humidity sensor to automatically water plants

Ep.8: Life below water
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Green screen

Learn how to make a green screen project video to share what you’ve learned about life below water. 

Maker Guide: Oceans

BB is inspired by Scarlett Knight, the first underwater robot glider to cross the Atlantic Ocean, but this discovery comes with its own challenges as BB starts exploring with water.  Alex shares how Makers use a green screen for a school presentation.  Then b.Brilliant visits the Huntsman Marine Science Centre to examine microplastics and how they affect marine life.  Later, Makers create a device using the b.Board to measure tide levels in the Bay of Fundy. 

Activity 1: Make a green screen presentation

Activity 2: Explore microplastics & how kids can help 

Activity 3: Code a tide level sensor 

Ep.9: Sustainable consumption
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Upcycling skatboard

Learn how to design and upcycle a skateboard into a stool. 

Maker Guide: Sustainable production & upcycling

Alex and Mr. Lingley start to wonder about BB as the lab is glitching.  Meanwhile, a Maker in London, United Kingdom, works virtually with Mr. Lingly to learn about 3D design and takes his plans to a community Makerspace to upcycle his old skateboard.  Then, back in Saint John, New Brunswick, Kinnon learns how facilities like Fundy Recycling manage people’s recycling and compost.  Later,  students at St. Malachy’s Memorial High School share their ‘smart-garbage-container’ prototype and explain how it can help schools and other institutions lower costs, while assisting the custodial staff. 

Activity 1: Make a design in Tinkercad to upcycle 

Activity 2: Explore a recycling facility 

Activity 3: Code an intellegent garbage can 

Ep.10: Air quality
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Reduce carbon footprint

Visit a local market and learn about reducing your carbon footprint.

Maker Guide: Air quality

In the season finale, BB’s glitch gets worse and Alex notices something is amiss as Mr. Lingley isn’t in the lab.   Meanwhile, Makers (and sisters): Megan and Caitlin, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, share what they learned about lessening their carbon footprint and how local markets can help.  Then  Nathan Zwicker, Environment Canada Meteorologist, explains how air is a fluid and can move pollution around the globe. Finally, the b.Board is transformed  into an air quality sensor as Rohan in Fredericton, New Brunswick, has to create a school project. To do this he calls his friends Femi and Alex in London, United Kingdom, to help. 

Activity 1: Learn about how kids can help lessen their carbon footprint 

Activity 2: Explore weather, air & pollution 

Activity 3: Code an air quality sensor 

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