b. Brilliant

City: Saint John
Genre: Kids & Family

Join Alex as she and her fellow makers explore the world by creating with new technology and interviewing experts to help solve problems. They also uncover 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.

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Episode 1: Exploring 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!

Episode 2: Exploring 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!

Episode 3: Exploring 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.

Episode 4: Exploring Sustainable Manufacturing

Alex visits an entrepreneur to learn how to upcycle 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.

Episode 5: Exploring 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.

Episode 6: Exploring Sustainable Communities

Alex is surprised when BB starts making more jokes and testing abilities. Makers from Dorchester, New Brunswick, share facts about their town and think about 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 for people of all ages.

Episode 7: Exploring Clean Water and Sustainability

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.

Episode 8: Exploring Life Below Water

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.

Episode 9: Exploring Sustainable Production and Consumption

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.

Episode 10: Exploring 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.

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