The World of the EnteleTrons®
Format: The World of the EnteleTrons® is a live action/animated TV series for young viewers ages 4 – 8.
Genre: This series is intended for young audiences on networks such as PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network during the Saturday morning cartoon block.
Nutshell: Wild Kratts meet Bill Nye the Science Guy in a program that will amaze and educate children about their natural and build environments.
Logline: Four friends enter the Whimsical World of the EnteleTrons® where three subatomic particles lead the way to investigate STEM concepts.
Setting: The series jumps from a real-world modern neighborhood to a colorful warp in time and space where anything is possible.
From the real-world neighborhood, collectively called “The STEM Stars”:
- Sheila, age 6 – an enthusiastic game-player who likes to investigate and experiment.
- Tim, age 8 – a disabled child in a wheelchair who loves to keep journals and observe his surroundings.
- Eva, age 7 – an athletic girl who enjoys all kinds of sports and physical activities. She also likes to figure out how things are built.
- Mannie, age 7 – a new child in the neighborhood who is beginning to learn the English language. His favorite subject is math because he says that numbers are the same in any language.
From The World of the EnteleTrons® where subatomic particles can get inside of matter to explain a concept:
- Priti – A proton that always sees the good in others and helps the other EnteleTrons® view the world in a positive manner.
- Ning – A neutron that never takes sides in a disagreement about how something should be accomplished.
- Ellie – An electron that is constantly looking for ways to make connections.
- Higgs – A hologram that appears as a guide to help the STEM Stars navigate The World of the EnteleTrons®.
Story (Pilot: “What’s the Matter?):
One Saturday morning, the four friends meet to build a clubhouse in Eva’s backyard. They find some old wood and gather nails and hammers from her basement. By the afternoon, they have finished a rudimentary clubhouse, complete with a ramp for Tim. Then Mannie spots four metal stars in the corner of the room. They paint the stars and add their initials to each star, spelling STEM. Finally, since they didn’t want to put holes in the stars, Sheila suggests they nail magnets to their clubhouse and together, on the count of three, the young explorers attach their stars to the magnets.
Instantly, a flash appears and they swirl into The World of the EnteleTrons®. Amazingly, they are immediately outfitted with Power Packs that allow them to easily move around this strange land, and Magic Scopes that allow the STEM Stars to see what the EnteleTrons® see inside of the featured object. Even Tim is thrilled to realize he doesn’t need his wheelchair if he uses the Power Pack.
As they look around their surroundings, which looks quite similar to their original clubhouse, they see a hologram suddenly appear in the corner. Higgs welcomes them to their new surroundings and explains that he understands they had been working on a school project about the states of matter when they had taken a break to build their clubhouse. Then he introduces them to the EnteleTrons®, who can change size as needed.
The EnteleTrons® explain that they have a problem and lead the STEM stars to a hidden location where Ice is beginning to melt and it is not happy about it. Water, which is changing into Water Vapor, is also not pleased with its transformation. Also, Water Vapor refuses to condense back into the water. To explain the phenomenon, The EnteleTrons® whisk the STEM Stars to their EnteleLab™ where they get a thermometer to see what happens as the temperature rises and falls. Tim records the numbers in his journal.
The EnteleTrons® tell the STEM Stars to put on their Magic Scopes so they can look inside of Ice, Water, and Water Vapor. There they see that all three are basically the same molecule – H2O but in a different state – solid, liquid, and gas. Through logical reasoning and patient explanations, the EnteleTrons® cooperate with the STEM Stars to convince Ice, Water, and Water Vapor that they each have valuable roles to play in the water cycle.
The EnteleTrons® lead The STEM Stars back to the clubhouse where Higgs the Hologram shows them that they can return to their own clubhouse the same way they arrived at The World of the EnteleTrons® – by touching all four stars at the same time. A flash and a swirl bring them back to their backyard with Tim returned to his wheelchair. They return to Eva’s dining room where they work on their science fair project on the states of matter.
Series continuation (sample titles and summaries):
- Where’s Green? – The rainbow colors can’t agree on their natural order, so Green leaves the group. The STEM Stars and The EnteleTrons® show Green what the world looks like without it.
- The Power of Powders – A single granule of salt wants all the power until the STEM Stars and The EnteleTrons® help it realize that it can’t season a soup all by itself.
- Oxygen Finds Friends – Oxygen refuses to combine with other elements, which totally upsets the balance of the universe until the STEM Stars and The EnteleTrons® step in to help.
- Rhythm of the Reef – Debris and pollution are robbing the coral reef of valuable nutrients. The STEM Stars and The EnteleTrons® initiate a campaign to save the reef.
- The Money Garden – The STEM Stars need money for a project, so they enlist the help of The EnteleTrons® to explain to them about savings and interest.
- Clues in the Fossils – The STEM Stars find a fossil. In The World of the EnteleTrons®, the fossil explains how it was formed and The EnteleTrons® go deep inside to see what happened.
- Additional storylines available – A Robot Did My Homework; Ellie’s Electric Engine; The Balance of the Bridges; Ellie is Electric; Ning’s Simple Machines
Renée Heiss and Gary A. Stewart, Entelechy Education, LLC ©2018
Creating Future STEM Professionals™