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The first episode of Emily’s Wonder Lab, on Netflix, is about things that glow. Host Emily Calandrelli teaches a group of kids to make fluorescent paint. One exclaims that he added too much cornstarch. “Don’t worry,” Calandrelli tells him. “Science is all about trial and error.”

Calandrelli wants kids to know that failure is an important part of science. “Failure is not a bad thing,” she told TIME for Kids. “It’s okay to mess up, because that means you’re learning something.”

Calandrelli has four degrees in science and engineering. On the show, she shares her love of science with kids. Together, they do experiments. In one episode, they run across a pool of a gooey material called oobleck. In another, they make rainbow explosions. “Science is how we understand how the universe works,” Calandrelli says. “It’s like magic that you get to understand.”