Channel Nine’s new children’s science show, BRAINBUZZ, premieres Monday, February 19, at 8.00am on 9GO and 9Now! and promises to solve many of the world’s most frequently asked questions.
Host Kellyn Morris and resident scientist Clare Van Dorssen will be joined by kids from around Australia to explore and dissect the many curious questions children have long been asking.
Described as “science by stealth”, BrainBuzz is so engaging, funny, and entertaining that kids won’t even realise they are watching a science show.
Hosting children’s TV comes naturally to bubbly Kellyn Morris, 28, who has carved out a 10-year career as a co-host on several national kids programs. BrainBuzz is her first opportunity to take the reins of her own show.
“BrainBuzz is an awesome show to be involved with. I’ve learnt so much and I’m really looking forward to sharing all the fun and interesting facts with the kids of Australia,” she said.
Clare Van Dorssen is a brand new talent for the Nine Network, a recent graduate of the Shell Questacon Science Circus. Clare has travelled around Australia presenting school science shows and leading teacher development workshops. With a formal science background and experience in research and education, she brings a fresh, down-to-earth style which is perfectly suited to connect with the young audience.
“We’ve had a blast making this show. Being able to share and engage Australian kids in my science passion is terrific. I’m so thrilled to share our findings in the show with the kids of Australia,” she said.
At the heart of the program is the BrainBuzz Crew – kids from around Australia who join in on the experiments in Clare’s “Think Tank”, interview actors posing as history’s most famous scientists in mock live crosses, and discuss concepts and theories with Kellyn and Clare on how the world works.
Michael Balk has had over 15 years’ experience as a performer and producer. Best known for his association with the ABC’s dirtgirlworld, Michael plays the role of scrapboy in the AFI and Emmy Award-winning show. He worked with Network Ten in Brisbane on their preschool show Wurrawhy and was Director of Entertainment at Australia Zoo, responsible for overseeing the management, content, style and delivery of all shows and entertainment. BrainBuzz will be the perfect format to bring his broad areas of experience together. Michael is also Vice-President of the Actors & Entertainers Benevolent Fund of Queensland, and President of Actors Equity Queensland.
The first week of BrainBuzz will see the team brainstorm various questions including ‘Why is metal so strong?’, ‘Why do we get dizzy when we spin around?’ and ‘What is a laser?’. Tune in to 9GO! on Monday, February 19, at 8.00am to hear and see what discoveries unfold!