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Bay City native launching new reality series featuring brilliant teens

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A Bay City native is determined to enter the realm of reality TV – but the series will be like none you've ever seen.

Melissa Jun Rowley is the brain behind "Magic Makers", a new pilot show spotlighting the most innovative young minds changing the world.

This week she announced the start of its crowdfunding program through Memeni.

"Magic Makers" will feature students and innovators coming together to tell their inspiring stories and give them an opportunity to create new solutions to some of society's biggest challenges, while working to better communities around the world.

Centered around how Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math, or STEAM, can benefit humanity, the show will be filmed inside the New York Public School District. The show will include such visionary cast members as Jack Andraka (2012 Intel Science & Engineering Fair Gordon E. Moore Award winner), Abigail Harrison aka "Astronaut Abby," TED Talk speakers Adora Svitak and Birke Baehr, robot engineer Easton LaChappelle, Girls Who Code hacker Nikita Rau, and four other extraordinary innovators and humanitarians.

"A STEAM renaissance is beginning to set fire to the world, and young people are moving mountains to see it to fruition," said Rowley. "[We need] to bring these brilliant minds together and show the world what they are capable of creating."

Seeking $75,000 in initial costs for production, expenses, and post-production work, "Magic Makers" is set to begin filming in March 2014 with a completion and release date within the calendar year.

While the first season will be based in New York, Rowley tells TV5, she plans to bring season two to Detroit.

To learn more about the show, see some of these young minds at work, or to donate, visit: memeni.com/MagicMakers.

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