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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. If you’re a Bell Fibe TV1 customer stream b.Brilliant here.
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EPISODES & MAKER GUIDES
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
Activity 2: Make a bee hotel
Activity 3: Code a beehive fan
Ep.2: Renewable Energy
Maker Guide: Activity 1, Solar oven
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: Hydro electricy
Activity 3: Code a wind-turbine
Ep. 3: Life on Land
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
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
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 intelligent 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 2: Explore weather, air & pollution
Activity 3: Code an air quality sensor