When 7-year-old Enzo Monfre wanted to make a show about science and nature, his dad grabbed the video camera, and they produced a short clip about a praying mantis the boy had caught. Five weeks after uploading it to YouTube, Enzo was on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Fast-forward five years and 90 episodes later, Enzoology
has been seen by more than 17.5 million viewers and is now syndicated online to classrooms. The program is still shot and edited by Enzo's dad, Pete, while his mom is the creative director, but it's expanded from their Austin, Texas home to location shoots across the U.S.
"If you want kids to pursue their potential in anything, not just science, it has to be relevant to them when they're young," Pete says.
As other kids stress about pop quizzes and standardized tests, Enzo and fam are planning their latest adventure — a two-week trek through Nicaragua to deliver medical aid to the Rama Indians with the help of Special Forces troops. The trip will produce lessons on sustainable agriculture, conservation, biology and renewable energy. The group is currently fundraising for the trip right over here