Somewhere out there, the young people of the world are already working on the next great scientific developments, innovations that will advance the human race and open the world to brand new possibilities. And this isn’t just some mystical, wishful hope; thanks to Make It Work, a new four-part series from Legendary Entertainment, we’ve got a first-hand look at how the young people of the world are already hard at work on the future of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Make It Work comes from the Emmy Award-winning filmmaking team of Kip and Kern Konwiser, who follow several young science- and math-loving teens as they use their imaginations to innovate their communities. The series is narrated by YouTuber Hank Green and features appearances from mentors like Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, and Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, as well as experts like John Madea of the MIT Media Lab and Wonder Years actress Danica KcKellar, who is now an established mathematician.
Each episode of the four-part series focuses on various stages of a project. In the first, “The Idea,” we see a teacher from Napa Valley inspire her low-income students to get involved in invigorating their community. In the second, “The Design,” a seventh grader from Baltimore works on engineering a smarter wheelchair. In the third, “The Build,” college students work on building a pod for SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition. And in the fourth and final installment, “The Launch,” a young neuroscience PhD student works on a revolutionary, low-cost, advanced prosthetic hand.
Make It Work has already racked up several accolades, including the Audience Award at the Napa Valley Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award at the Awareness Film Festival. All four episodes are currently available to stream on Amazon Prime and The Roku Channel. The future of STEM is here, and Make It Work lets us be a part of the spectacular sneak peek into the future.