Dean of Invention

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Inventor shows cutting-edge science that could inspire kids.

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Positive Messages

The show promotes scientific inquiry and using technology to help people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hosts and the inventors they talk to are smart, passionate, successful people with a strong interest in science.


The entire show promotes its host, the well-known engineer/inventor Dean Kamen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this educational series, hosted by celebrity-inventor Dean Kamen, features smart people talking about smart ideas that could possibly inspire kids to do smart things. There’s no swearing, sex, or anything else that might alarm parents or disturb kids.

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What's the story?

Renowned inventor Dean Kamen, best-known as the creator of the Segway scooter, is the host for this expedition to the most cutting-edge of scientific achievements. Along with correspondent Joanne Colan, they visit advanced research labs to learn about bionic limbs, artificial intelligence, microscopic robots and many other amazing projects currently under
development. Many of these inventions would have seemed completely
impossible only a few years ago, but are now completely in the grasp of
human engineers, demonstrating how the range of scientific achievements
is progressing by leaps and bounds.

Is it any good?

DEAN OF INVENTION is like a field trip to the future. The inventions seen here may one day seem commonplace, but today they seem just short of magic. Kamen and Colan are excellent companions as they explain how these things work and why they are important -- they make the seemingly impossible come across as well within the grasp of modern scientists. It’s fascinating and fun, and might even inspire a few young viewers to become inventors.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cutting-edge science. What do you think about the projects seen here? Are you impressed by these inventions?

  • What do you think about Dean Kamen? Few engineers become well-known; what has he done to merit such fame?

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For kids who love science

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