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The Best of Beakman's World

By Andy Davis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A decidedly un-dry science show.

Movie NR 1993 60 minutes
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THE BEST OF BEAKMAN'S WORLD represents one of the better attempts at giving science education a facelift. Decidedly un-dry in his approach, Beakman gets the viewer's attention with his finger-in-the-socket hairdo and Brooklyn accent. He encourages participation with sensational experiments that require simple and relatively safe household items. While his demonstrations are often trick oriented, Beakman deplores deception, and always explains the experiments scientifically. "I don't do tricks," he says at one point. Then he explains how a flimsy drinking straw can be easily thrust through a raw potato..

Simple demonstrations impart the essence of the scientific principle, while more involved experiments broaden the explanations. The items required for each experiment are always listed. The only missed beats are two puppet penguins who give bland intermittent commentary from the peanut gallery. Despite the schtick that lightens the educational experience of this video, the intriguing subject matter and illuminating experiments stand on their own make this a solid choice for kids.

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