I did receive an all expenses paid trip to facilitate this post, but all STEM geek girling and Google fandom are my own.
There’s a new show coming to Disney Junior, and it’s called Miles from Tomorrowland. To kick off this show in style, during our Good Dino trip to San Francisco, we got a chance to head to the Google Headquarters and chat with some really cool panelists about the show and about STEM. (Science, technology, engineering, and math)
Fun little fact you may not have known about me, but when I was a kid the very first thing I wanted to be when I grew up was to be an astronaut. I was totally obsessed. For years and years, I even begged my parents to send me to space camp so I could be almost as cool as a real astronaut. The not so inner geek in me was not only excited about heading into Google HQ, but also having dinner with a real life astronaut!
Before the panel discussion, we got a chance to screen an epsisode of Miles for Tomorrowland, and I could really see how some kids really think this show rocks. My favorite part was that Miles’s sister is a kick butt coder, and has a really great role in the show! (You guys know I am all about girl power) Miles from Tomorrowland looks like a fun way to get kids excited about STEM and exploration without them even realizing that the are learning something, and secret ninja education is how this homeschooling mom rolls. Check out a clip of the show.
As a “coder” wannabe myself, the trip to Google was really cool. We got a chance to do a brief tour of the HQ, though it was way to short in my geek girl book, and talk to actual Googlers themselves. It was really neat to hear that Google actually has a department that talks to the entertainment industry about how “geeks” are portrayed. (Goodbye, loner white guy in his mom’s basement image) Being someone that is tech savvy myself (on a VERY basic level) it really rocked my world that Google is so much more than just a search engine company. They are busting geek stereotypes one Hollywood consult at a time!
One of my favorite parts of going on these Disney trips isn’t the celebrities that I get to interview, or the awesome “free” travel, it’s the fact that I get to meet so many people that are absolutely passionate about what they do. The creators of Miles from Tomorrowland were totally passionate about giving kids something they could relate to that would also encourage them to explore and push themselves to discover more. Google is passionate about innovation and busting STEM stereotypes and connecting the world. It really makes you realize that living a life without being passionate about something is not a way you have to exist. It’s something you should actually stray from. That message about being passionate and curious starts by letting your kids watch shows like Miles from Tomorrowland, and setting an awesome example yourself.
In honor of World Space Week, make sure you check out the upcoming episodes of Miles from Tomorrowland. It airs 10/10 on the Disney Channel. This Saturday’s Halloween-themed episode is “Ghost Moon / Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula” premiering at 8:30 AM ET/PT. Plus, for the next seven weeks, Miles from Tomorrowland is joining up with Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates. The episodes will premiere on Saturday mornings beginning at 8:00AM on Disney Channel and are included in a catch-up marathon on October 31! Make sure to tune in!