Mega Machines

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Interesting docuseries breaks down big engineering marvels.

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Educational Value

This is likely an introduction for many kids to the existence of these machines and vehicles. Kids can gain an understanding of STEM principles and how machinery is assembled and operated. 

Positive Messages

The series features big, contemporary machines, and deconstructs how they are built and operated. Some of the minds behind these projects are also showcased through interviews. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

It features a range of people responsible for developing, building, and operating the different machines featured. 

Violence & Scariness

Potential dangerous situations are discussed. Occasionally, specific maneuvers or operations that require the use of mega machines don’t go as smoothly as planned and lead to some tense moments. No one gets hurt.

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Language
Consumerism

Some machines feature company logos. In the case of a Carnival Cruise ship, spokespeople subtly highlight how great it is to travel on it. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mega Machines shows how large iconic machines, including specific helicopters, boats, trains, rollercoasters, and other vehicles, are engineered, built, and operated. In addition to the simplified STEM-themed explanations, there are occasional discussions about potentially dangerous situations and accidents. Mega Machines won’t appeal to everyone, but builders of all ages will find it interesting. 

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What's the story?

MEGA MACHINES is a reality series about some of the most iconic machines used around us today. From the biggest cruise liner sailing the seas that functions as a floating city, to the KMAX 1200 helicopter that can lift cargo heavier than its own weight, this show reveals how these impressive machines are built and how they work. Other episodes cover rollercoasters, a mega train that traverses extreme mountain terrain, and the airbus Beluga freight plane. It also features interviews with the people responsible for operating them, and what they have to do to ensure these machines work the way they're supposed to. 

Is it any good?

This informative series deconstructs different machines used around the world to reveal how and why they are marvels of engineering. It offers some simplified explanations about how each one works and highlights what makes them unique. In some cases, it also discusses how the machine is serving a need in society. Throughout it all, viewers get to watch as engineers, pilots, sailors, and other key figures operate and maintain this machinery. Mega Machines won’t appeal to everyone, but viewers of all ages who like building, engineering, and unique, larger-than-life vehicles will find it's a worthy watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different vehicles featured in Mega Machines. What makes each of them unique? What kind of purpose do they serve? Which machine did you find the most impressive or interesting? 

  • What STEM principles contribute to the building of new, technologically advanced machines? Does watching this series make you more interested in studying science and engineering? 

  • Have you seen any of these vehicles in your own life? If so -- or the next time you see a boat, helicopter, or rollercoaster, for instance -- what are some of your observations? 

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