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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this educational reality series visits job sites to watch some of the largest construction projects on Earth. It features in-depth interviews with the engineers and builders, who explain what it takes to put up the longest bridges, the tallest buildings, the deepest tunnels and more. This show will appeal to anyone considering a career in civil engineering or construction, as well as kids going through a bridge or skyscraper phase, and it's fine for kids of any age.
What's the story?
Ever wonder what it takes to build a ski resort in the desert? Or the world’s biggest oil platform? Or the tallest dams on Earth? COLOSSAL CONSTRUCTION goes out to the job sites to explain exactly how these major engineering endeavors move from the drawing board to the real world. Each episode focuses on one project, including a New York subway station, a huge bridge in South Korea, and a Hong Kong cable car system. Designers and builders discuss their work, and the camera captures them all in action as the structures slowly take shape.
Is it any good?
Colossal Construction shines the spotlight on the largely-unseen field of civil engineering, and makes stars out of people who really deserve praise. These are huge, complex projects, and making them happen is an enormous undertaking. This series is ideal for children going through a bridge or skyscraper phase, or for older kids who never outgrew a fascination with building things, and/or might be considering an engineering career.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about careers in construction. Do these jobs look like fun? Would you want to work on projects like this?
Why do so few women appear on this series? Do you think the show will appeal more to boys than girls? Does it perpetuate gender stereotypes to suggest that women are less interested in construction projects, or is that just reality? Can you think of any reasons why boys might be more interested in construction?