Amazon’s big content shift includes more kids’ shows about science — and science fiction

During Amazon Studios’ semi-annual pilot season, the site sends out pilot episodes for potential series, so viewers can rate and review them. That’s particularly helpful for parents who want to choose what their children should watch. What stands out about the programs that continue to full series — and two of the three shows from Amazon’s fall 2017 children’s pilot season — is how often they promote and champion “nerdy” children and the STEM communities, mostly through science fiction tales. That’s most obviously at play on the four seasons of Annedroids. (With 52 episodes, it’s the longest-running series on the network.) On the show, a young scientist named Anne and her friends (including humans and her own android creations) find STEM-based solutions for problems, in fun, often comical, always educational ways. It’s no surprise that Amazon Video would promote the show, given Amazon’s STEM subscription box for children three to 13 (separated into three different age groups). The show’s aim, besides entertainment, is to help nurture girls’ early scientific interests, and let them know these subjects are fun. – Pilot Viruet, The Verge

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