Ask the StoryBots (2016) s02e06 Episode Script

What Is Electricity?

1 Aah! Netflix.
Come on, guys, let's go! - Yeah! Whoo-hoo! - Yeah, dude! Boop.
StoryBots Living inside computer parts The StoryBots Helping kids get super smart - They love to learn - Love to learn - And adore adventure - Whoo-hoo! And answering questions Is their business and pleasure There's a whole department Whose only task Is to answer anything we ask So lets see if team 341B Can solve another mystery The StoryBots Meet Beep and Bing, Bang, Boop, and Bo Just ask them what you wanna know Just ask the StoryBots And when they get a stumper That demands investigation It's to the outer world On a hunt for information StoryBots Got a question? Got lots? If something's got you baffled Worry not Just ask the StoryBots Just ask the StoryBots Boop.
Butternut squash.
Snowman.
Marmalade.
Mm-hm.
Mm-hm.
Mm-hm.
Nailed it, yes.
So many questions.
Who am I gonna get to answer that? Um, guys, did any of you add extra cheese to the macaroni? I may have added a slice or two.
Or three.
Or a hundred.
- Boop.
- I like cheese.
Enough hanging around, StoryBots.
Huh? We've got work to do.
Answer Team 341B reporting for duty, sir.
Good, 'cause I got a kid with a question, and it's a real humdinger.
Hi, StoryBots.
My name is Pierce.
- Pierce.
- Hi, buddy, how are you? - Good to see you.
- What's happening, Pierce? - I have a question for you.
- What do you wanna know? Where does electricity come from? Electricity? What's that? I think electricity is the stuff that, um, like, powers the stuff that needs it.
Whoa.
The stuff that powers the stuff that needs it.
That's pretty out there, man.
Hmm.
Where does electricity come from? Oh, I got it.
I know where we can find the answer.
StoryBots, prepare for transport.
Let's find out where electricity comes from.
Outer world, here we come.
Ah.
Cheese.
Oh, man.
- Where are we? - We need to find out where electricity comes from, right? Who better to ask than someone who works at an electronics store? - Hey, StoryBots.
- Huh? Uh, who are you? Who am I? I'm Gary.
Gary's Discount Electronics.
It's the store you're standing in.
I don't know Gary.
Come on.
You tell me you haven't seen my commercial? They run all over town.
You can't miss it.
Uh All right, look, I show you.
You making me look bad.
Okay, yeah? Hi, this is Gary from Gary's Discount Electronics.
You ever want a bread maker but you don't have enough dough? How about a drill that won't put a hole in your wallet? Or maybe you want some family fun that won't cost an arm and a leg.
Unplug it.
Please unplug it.
If so, then come down to Gary's Discount Gadgets.
You won't get a great product for a great price, but every item sold gets lifetime satisfaction, Gary-antee.
Intentionally misspelled and will not hold up in court.
So, come on down to Gary's Discount Gadgets, because, remember, if it works like a charm, you didn't get it at Gary's.
Wait.
Huh? Great? Yeah? So, what are you StoryBots interested in today? I got a toaster oven, I got a microwave.
You want cell phone? I got smartphone, I got dumb phone.
Actually, we're trying to answer a question for a boy named Pierce.
Pierce.
Pierce.
Yeah, I know Pierce.
You know Pierce? I don't know Pierce.
But I like the name Pierce.
What Pierce want to know? He wants to know where electricity comes from.
Electricity? That's so easy.
Okay, you see, you take the plug.
You find the outlet.
You put the plug into the outlet.
And then the electricity comes from the outlet, through the wire, to the device.
And it comes on.
Whoa! Cool.
That's amazing.
Hey, I wanna see.
Hey! Slow down, you move too fast.
Now, listen, Gary's gonna tell you something important.
Electricity, it may be great for turning things on, but also, it can be very dangerous.
What do you mean, Mr.
Gary? Plugs and outlets, they're for grown-ups only.
If you get too close to one of these, it can hurt you, end up in the hospital, or even worse.
Oh, um Maybe I'll step back a little bit.
Yeah, that's a good idea, man.
So, if the electricity in devices comes from the outlet, then where does the electricity in the outlet come from? Uh, the electricity in the outlet, it comes from the wiring in the wall.
And where does that come from? Uh The power lines.
I think they come to the building, to the wall, to the device.
And where does that come from? I don't know, okay? I don't know.
Now, guys, I love you.
You gonna buy something or what? Oh, I'm sorry, Gary.
We don't actually have any money.
- Huh.
I guess Gary's closing early today? - Guys, I've got it.
If the electricity in the outlet comes from the wires on those poles, all we have to do is follow them back to the source.
- Yeah, guys, let's go follow the lines.
- Great idea, Beep.
Come on, guys, let's follow those power lines.
Huh? Light bulbs.
Thomas Edison One gloomy night in Menlo Park Tom Edison said, "Gee, it's dark" But then he had a brilliant thought "Electric lights would help a lot" Now, others too had tried their best To build a bulb that passed the test And yet their light would never last The glowing part burned out too fast Thomas Edison "I see," said Tom, "I must invent A better, stronger filament" At first he tried some metal wire Which melted, broke, or caught on fire So, next he tested strips of wood And every single plant he could He had to char them first, he learned To make them glow but not get burned Thomas Edison Grasses, reeds, and weeds galore He tried 6,000 kinds and more He had some luck with cotton thread But then he tried bamboo instead It filled the room with dazzling rays What's more, it lasted 50 days, wow And now, the light bulb's golden glare Is seen in houses everywhere New York and London, France, Brazil The bulbs keep getting better still They light the night when day is done All thanks to Thomas Edison So, how long until we get to the power plant? - Don't know, Bing.
- Another hour? - Just said I don't know.
- Two hours? I don't know, Bing.
Hey, are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Hey, Beep.
Bing! We will get there when we get there.
Uh, hey, guys, is that what we're looking for? Whoa.
- Look at all the pretty lights.
- What are we waiting for? Let's go.
- Yeah, dude.
- That's definitely a good idea.
Hello? Hello? Is anybody here? - Huh? - Huh? Ooh.
Whoa.
That's big, man.
Yeah, but what is it? Huh? It is a generator, my little friends.
Who are you? My name is Tony.
Tony Mousetana.
Well, Mr.
Mousetana, we're trying to find out where electricity comes from for a boy named Pierce.
You've come to the right place, StoryBots.
'Cause when you talk to me, you talk with the best.
Follow me.
There are many ways to make the power.
Hydro-electric starts with the water.
Wind power starts with the wind.
Solar power starts with the sun.
But this is a thermal plant.
We burn the fossil fuels.
Why do you have to burn anything to make electricity? First, you burn the fuel, then you get the steam, then you get the power.
Okay? Okay.
You guys, come with me.
Whoa, what is all this stuff? You see, inside of the generator is a giant magnet surrounded by wire.
They gotta spin this thing around really fast to generate electricity.
But it is way too big for people to turn, so, they made this.
This here is a turbine.
- It looks like a giant fan.
- That is because it is a giant fan.
The burning fuel boils the water, which builds up the steam.
The pressure from the steam spins the turbine.
The turbine spins the magnet.
And voilà.
That, my little friends, is where electricity comes from.
You are welcome.
But, like, how does the spinning magnet make electricity? How am I supposed to know? I'm just a mouse.
Huh? - Uh - All right, guys.
I bet it has something to do with those wires.
Maybe if we could get inside the wires, we could find our answer.
- Great idea, man.
- Great idea.
- Bye, Tony.
- Take care, Mr.
Mouse.
- Thank you.
Bye.
- Thanks so much.
Adios, StoryBots.
Be well.
Help me! Help me! I'm just a little mouse! Mouse.
- Calling all mice - Calling all mice It's a mouse party - Calling all mice - Calling all mice Come on and get it started - Calling all mice - Calling all mice Hurry up and don't be tardy Calling all you mice It's a mouse party, party, party Everybody on the dance floor - I wanna hear you squeak - Squeak, squeak You gotta shimmy your whiskers And move your feet Squeak, squeak Yeah, all you little mice now Come out of your holes - Squeak, squeak - We got a big sound system Whoo-hoo! - And a laser show - Squeak, squeak Oh, yeah - Calling all mice - Calling all mice It's a mouse party - Calling all mice - Calling all mice Come on and get it started Whoo! Everybody, do what you please We're gonna party down And eat some cheese Calling all you mice It's a mouse party, party, party Whoo! Here we are, guys.
I don't think we can get any smaller than this.
Yeah.
We're really, really far inside the wire.
Oh, yeah.
We're like mega, mega microscopic.
So, what are we looking for, Beep? We're waiting to see what happens when the magnet in the generator starts to spin.
Never have I ever seen someone who is the worst Every time, every time, I'm so sick of it Um, that was strange.
Yeah, but maybe he can help us answer Pierce's question.
Come on, let's go.
Whoa.
What is this place? I don't know.
There's only one way to find out.
Every atom is the same, just walking around.
Excuse me, could I trouble you? Hi, we were hoping maybe you Excuse me? We're trying to answer a question for a kid named Pierce.
Ugh! Why are they so negative? Boop.
Maybe those guys can help.
Don't you just love life? I mean, there's just so much to love.
OMG.
It's just like totes the best, you know? Hey, guys, guys, do you know what I love? What? Everything.
What is going on here? I can tell you what's going on here.
Whoa! Who are you? I'm Ned the Neutron.
It's a pleasure to meet you, StoryBots.
So, what is this place, Mr.
Ned? It's an atom, man, you know? Atom? What's an atom? It's only the smallest building block in the universe.
Think of them like little bricks.
Billions and billions of these super-tiny atoms snap together to make everything you can see and touch.
You, a car, the sun, all made out of atoms, man.
Whoa.
If this is an atom, then who are they? Those super-positive guys in the middle, they're protons.
And the negative guys circling around, you probably noticed them, they're electrons.
Me and my buddies, we're neutrons.
We're not positive or negative.
As long as we have an equal number of protons and electrons, this here atom stays in balance.
But what happens if one of them leaves? That's it! This is the worst atom ever! I'm out of here! Whoa! The protons have outnumbered the electrons, StoryBots.
This atom is unstable, man.
I sure hope this atom is better than my last one.
A new friend.
And balance is restored, man.
I mean, was restored.
What's happening now? Oh.
Remember that magnet in the generator? When it starts spinning, the electrons never stop moving.
Come on, StoryBots.
I'll show you.
- Wow.
- Whoa.
Ah.
The flow of electrons.
Quite a sight, ain't it, StoryBots? Well, it really is beautiful and all, but I'm not sure I understand what it has to do with electricity.
Well, Beep, the flow of all of those electrons moving from atom to atom is electricity.
Whoa! - Awesome.
- How'd you do that? - That's amazing.
- Wow.
It looks like we got our answer, guys.
- Thanks, Mr.
Ned.
Nice to meet you.
- You're so cool.
- Thanks so much, Mr.
Ned.
- See you.
Bye.
- See you, Mr.
Ned.
- Bye.
Hey, thanks for the visit, StoryBots.
I'll see you around.
StoryBot fun fact number 247,917,164.
Did you know that squash is one of the oldest food crops? It was first grown over 10,000 years ago.
Look, me grow squash.
Why you call it squash? Squash.
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Squash! Squash! Squash! Yeah, squash.
Squash it all on, now.
Squash.
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Fabric softener.
Pizza bagel.
What the? - Whoo! - Boop.
What are you doing here? I told you to get an answer, not dillydally.
We got the answer, boss.
We know where electricity comes from.
Yeah.
You see, everything in the universe is made up of these teeny, tiny things called atoms.
Yeah.
Everything.
Trees, people, houses, ice cream.
Everything.
All atoms.
And the atoms are made up of three even smaller pieces.
- There are protons.
- They're positive.
- Electrons.
- They're negative.
And neutrons.
They're not positive or negative.
They just sort of hang around, man.
You know? I don't have time to hang around, so get to the answer.
Atoms always try to stay in balance by keeping an equal number of protons and electrons.
But sometimes electrons get really excited and jump from one atom to another.
And when all those electrons start moving that's where electricity comes from! Just Just give me that tape.
Here we go.
All right.
Neutrons, protons and electrons Are an atom's basic parts And when an electron jumps From atom to atom That's how electricity starts The journey of electricity Starts from an atom Which are too small to see individually Yet you're always looking right at 'em In fact, you can't look away from them 'Cause everything is made from them But what makes up an atom You might ask? You might ask Protons and neutrons clumped together Surrounded by electrons moving fast A proton's charge is positive An electron's charge is negative And remember Most atoms have the same number of each But not always forever 'Cause sometimes electrons Make a break for it And succeed in busting free - That, my friends is - Wait for it Electricity Neutrons, protons and electrons Are an atom's basic parts And when an electron jumps From atom to atom That's how electricity starts That's how electricity starts Whoa.
That was surprisingly informative.
Oh, Boop, I think he just said something nice.
Boop? Look, everyone.
It's Pierce.
- Hi, Pierce.
- Pierce, how you doing, man? - We got answers, bro.
- Hello.
So, Pierce, did that answer your question, man? I had no idea electricity came from electrons moving all around.
It's so neat, right? StoryBots, you guys are awesome.
You think we're awesome? Seriously? - Seriously.
- Aw.
We think you're seriously awesome, too.
Thanks.
Bye.
- We did it, guys, way to go! - See you later! - We did it! - All right, we did it! What are you waiting for? These questions won't answer themselves.
Get to it.
Let's go.
Go.
Move.
Now.
Go.
- Go.
Go.
Move.
Now.
Go.
Go.
Work.
- Bye, boss.
StoryBots Living inside computer parts The StoryBots Helping kids get super smart - They love to learn - Love to learn And adore adventure And answering questions Is their business and pleasure There's a whole department Whose only task Is to answer anything we ask So lets see if team 341B Can solve another mystery The StoryBots Meet Beep and Bing, Bang, Boop, and Bo Just ask them what you wanna know Just ask the StoryBots Boop.