A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Each episode is packed with STEM-related info, which kids can delve into even further by following along with the projects.
The web series may be produced by a toy company, but the overall messages are of self-empowerment -- not consumerism. It encourages viewers to try new things and teaches kids that if you need something, you can probably make it!
Positive Role Models
Goldie is smart and capable, but also goofy and relatable. She isn't afraid to mess up, which sets a great example for kids watching at home.
Products & Purchases
Very minimal. There's no attempt made to sell the company's toys, and the only other brands shown are things like empty food packages (Pringles and an Altoids tin), which are recycled for Goldie's projects.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hack Along with GoldieBlox is a web series created by the GoldieBox toy company, which is known for creating construction-themed toys aimed at introducing girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills. Hack Along is their first live-action scripted series, hosted by the fictional "Goldie" character, who presents different DIY projects and walks viewers through the steps of making them. Though the series encourages kids to get their hands dirty, it also instructs them on when to get an adult to help out with more dangerous parts, like using sharp knives. Some projects require tools like power drills, and the show is careful to advise kids to wear safety glasses.
Is It Any Good?
You'd think a series produced by a toy company would be heavy on the product placement, but thankfully that isn't the case here. Hack Along with GoldieBlox isn't just a triumph of a tie-in series -- it's an enjoyable show on its own merit. The host is truly charming, with a playful sense of humor, and the backdrop is a treat to look at with its colorful art, craft, and building materials. The workspace she creates her projects on is cute, but also a little messy with glue remnants and such, which is a nicely realistic touch. The simple act of showing a young girl confidently using power tools with no hesitation is a big leap forward, representation-wise, and the projects she makes are just plain fun. (Her power drill is fun too: It's decorated with yarn and nicknamed "Felicia.")
What kid wouldn't want to learn to make their own poppy seed-speckled watermelon soap, a gelatinous "raindrop cake," or a glow-in-the-dark pen to use at sleepovers? The projects vary in skill level, and Goldie doesn't shy away from admitting when things just don't turn out right -- like when only 3 of her 5 jars of rock candy come out correctly. This makes the act of creation seem less intimidating and more attainable for kids, unlike a lot of picture-perfect internet before-and-afters.
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