Google teams with Disney to make intergalactic cartoon to inspire kids to code via geekwire
This one might be a show for kids that’s just as fun for adults to watch. Google has partnered with Disney to make a new cartoon series, Miles from Tomorrowland, to inspire kids to code.
In this outer space adventure, Miles explores the galaxy with his family and best friend in tow. Miles’ family joins him for the ride, including his mom and ship captain, Phoebe, his mechanical engineer dad, Leo, his tech-savvy big sister, Loretta, and his best friend and pet robo-ostrich Merc. The show is designed to not only fuel kids’ interest in space but also coding, teamwork, critical thinking and exploration. The show’s makers tapped consultants from NASA, Space Tourism Society and Google to keep it real.
Characters are voiced by a stellar cast, too, including Olivia Munn, Adrian Grenier, Mark Hamill, George Takei, Bill Nye, Wil Wheaton, Alton Brown and Brenda Song.
The series’ premiere is tomorrow, Feb. 6, on the Disney Channel, starting at 9 a.m. PT. You can watch four back-to-back episodes, each featuring space facts integrated into the storylines of Miles’ missions as he strives to “connect the galaxy on behalf of Tomorrowland Transit Authority.”
There is also a Miles from Tomorrowland: Missions app to accompany the series, available on iOS and Android. It offers games similar to the intergalactic missions presented on the show.
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