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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It features different kinds of machines and what they do, and offers very short, simple breakdowns of the mechanics of each.
Very enthusiastic lessons about a range of machines make STEM concepts feel appealing and accessible.
Positive Role Models
Gracie Webb is a teacher and motorsports driver who challenges gender stereotypes in the automotive, machinery, and STEM field. The children in her pit crew are male and female, and from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Violence & Scariness
Machines can be fast, powerful, and potentially dangerous if not handled correctly. Gracie Webb participates is some potentially dangerous demonstrations, but she is always wearing safety gear.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grace's Amazing Machines, the second installment of what was once Catie's Amazing Machines, features lots of sophisticated larger-than-life machines. Each episode offers brief explanations and demonstrations revealing what they do and how they work. The British TV series is hosted by motocrosser Gracie Webb, and features a diverse group of kids talking about the vehicles being featured. Vehicles are shown digging, knocking things down, and going extremely fast, but safety gear is worn at all times.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining British series offers preschoolers some quick lessons about a range of different machines and how they work. Like the first installment of the series, having a female presenter challenges the gender stereotypes associated with machines, engineering, and technology. Grace Webb's enthusiasm and teaching abilities are evident when she's talking to her viewers, making Grace's Amazing Machines feel slightly more educational than the first version of the franchise. No doubt that children who like watching and learning about motor vehicles of all kinds will find it worth watching.
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