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Backyard Science

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun Australian science show gives kids permission to DIY.

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Science can be found in dry, dusty textbooks, but why settle for that, when vibrant kids' shows like this Australian import makes everyday science so fun? Every young experimenter on Backyard Science starts with a problem to solve: A friend can't make it for a puppet show; it's mom's birthday but there's no glue left to make her a card. Surprise! Science can solve that problem! The kids swing into action, gathering easy-to-source materials and rigging a solution while Dana and Tarun explain the scientific concepts behind it. For instance, the puppeteers use a crankshaft to operate their puppets mechanically, just like a crankshaft in your car engine transforms the up-and-down motion of pistons into rotations that turn the wheels. The young scientists are excited about what they make, and careful to explain each step -- viewers at home will be inspired to make crystals, try out a homemade mouth-powered spray gun, and turn magnets loose on iron filings.

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