Brink

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cutting-edge science reports are fun for curious families.

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The series demonstrates how science affects our daily lives and how current and future advances will change how we live. The information is presented in a way that's easy for the average viewer to understand. Some segments include do-it-yourself instructions for building gadgets like noise-canceling headphones and a brighter flashlight. Occasionally stories touch on controversial issues like stem-cell research, but the experts stick to presenting the facts.

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The host often encourages viewers to visit the show's Web site for additional information.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this intriguing series makes science relevant to viewers' everyday lives. The technical information is presented in a way that's easy for average viewers to understand, making it a great show to share with tweens and teens. Some segments also include instructions for making fun gadgets like a high-powered flashlight, so there's lots of opportunity for follow-up experiments with your kids.

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What's the story?

In BRINK, host Josh Zepps introduces viewers to scientists, inventors, and everyday folk whose use of cutting-edge science is changing the shape of the future. From breakthrough advances in harnessing solar energy to space exploration to a home inventor who could revolutionize the auto industry with a vegetable oil-fueled car that gets 70 miles per gallon, the show's stories will change the way you think about the impact of science on everyday life. Mixed in with these eye-opening updates are fun trivia quizzes and instructional segments for building your own gadgets like spy glasses and rocket-powered toy cars.

Is it any good?

This fast-paced series isn't just entertaining, it's also educational and, in most cases, relevant to viewers' lives. The stories are thoroughly informative without being bogged down by technical jargon, which is good news for hobby scientists -- and for curious families of tweens and teens, who can enjoy this show without worry over its content.

Occasionally the show touches on controversial issues like stem-cell research, but most of the content is presented without bias toward any one side, and the experts always back up their opinions with science. All in all, Brink is a thought-provoking series that will get families thinking and talking about modern-day and future applications of science. And if you watch, you might even inspired to try your hand at inventing, thanks to the do-it-yourself blueprints for high-tech gadgets.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about science. What role does science play in your life? What high-tech inventions do you rely on daily? How has technology changed over the past decade? Are all scientific breakthroughs good? Is there ever an instance in which science goes too far in changing how we live? Kids: Do you have any ideas for inventions? What problem(s) would they solve? What supplies would you need? How would you go about testing their effectiveness?

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